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Extremely Preterm Birth

FAQ173, June 2016

When is a baby considered preterm or extremely preterm A normal pregnancy with one baby lasts about 40 weeks Babies born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy are called preterm or premature Babies born before 28 completed weeks of pregnancy are considered extremely preterm The earlier a baby is ...

June 2016

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A Partner's Guide to Pregnancy

FAQ032, May 2016

Why is it important to be supportive during your partners pregnancy Women who have an involved and supportive partner during pregnancy are more likely to give up harmful behaviors such as smoking and lead healthier lives Babies may be born healthier as well with lower rates of preterm birth and gr...

May 2016

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Assisted Vaginal Delivery

FAQ192, February 2016

What is assisted vaginal delivery Assisted vaginal delivery is vaginal delivery of a baby performed with the help of forceps or a vacuum device It sometimes is called operative vaginal delivery Labor Delivery and Postpartum Care What is assisted vaginal delivery How common is assisted vaginal deli...

February 2016

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Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth

FAQ087, September 2015

What is preterm labor Preterm labor is defined as regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy Changes in the cervix include effacement the cervix thins out and dilation the cervix opens so that the fetus can enter the birth canal Pr...

September 2015

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Multiple Pregnancy

FAQ188, July 2015

How does multiple pregnancy occur A twin triplet or higherorder pregnancy four or more babies is called multiple pregnancy If more than one egg is released during the menstrual cycle and each is fertilized by a sperm more than one embryo may implant and grow in your uterus This type of pregnancy r...

July 2015

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Cesarean Birth (C-section)

FAQ006, May 2015

What is cesarean birth Cesarean birth is the delivery of a baby through incisions made in the mothers abdomen and uterus Labor Delivery and Postpartum Care What is cesarean birth What are the reasons for cesarean birth Is a cesarean birth necessary if I have had a previous cesarean birth Can I req...

May 2015

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If Your Baby Is Breech

FAQ079, April 2015

What does it mean when a baby is breech In the last weeks of pregnancy babies usually move so that their heads are positioned to come out of the vagina first during birth This is called a vertex presentation A breech presentation occurs when the babys buttocks feet or both are in place to come out...

April 2015

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Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery

FAQ086, March 2014

What are the types of painrelieving medications that can be used during labor and delivery In general there are two types of painrelieving drugs 1 analgesics and 2 anesthetics Analgesics relieve pain without total loss of feeling or muscle movement They are used to lessen pain but usually do not s...

March 2014

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Elective Delivery Before 39 Weeks

FAQ181, June 2013

What is a medically indicated delivery A medically indicated delivery is done for a medical reason These reasons may be the womans medical condition or a problem with the baby Labor may be induced started with the use of certain drugs or other means or a cesarean delivery may be performed in which...

June 2013

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Labor Induction

FAQ154, January 2012

What is labor induction Labor induction is the use of medications or other methods to bring on induce labor Labor Delivery and Postpartum Care What is labor induction Why is labor induced What is the Bishop score What is ripening the cervix How is cervical ripening performed What are prostaglandin...

January 2012

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