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Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth

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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 ca...

July 2014

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Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery

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What are the types of pain-relieving medications that can be used during labor and delivery? In general, there are two types of pain-relieving 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...

March 2014

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Elective Delivery Before 39 Weeks

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What is a “medically indicated” delivery? A medically indicated delivery is done for a medical reason. These reasons may be the woman’s 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...

June 2013

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A Fathers Guide to Pregnancy

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How long does pregnancy last? Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, which is equal to 9 months. The 9 months of pregnancy are divided into three 3-month periods called trimesters. Pregnancy How long does pregnancy last  What is a “due date”?  What happens during t...

April 2013

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Having Twins

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What causes a twin pregnancy? Having twins runs in some families. The most important factor, however, is age. Women older than 30 years are more likely to have twins than are younger women. One reason is that women in their 30s—especially those in their late 30s—often release more than one egg du...

June 2012

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Labor Induction

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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...

January 2012

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery - Deciding on a Trial of Labor After Cesarean Delivery

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What is a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC)? If you have had a previous cesarean delivery, you have two choices about how to give birth again: You can have a scheduled cesarean delivery; You can give birth vaginally. This is called a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC). Labo...

August 2011

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What to Expect After Your Due Date

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What is the due date and what does it mean? Your due date is used as a guide for checking your pregnancy's progress and the baby's growth and age. Health care providers often use more than one method to set the due date. Ultrasound performed between 18 weeks and 20 weeks of pregnancy often is use...

August 2011

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If Your Baby Is Breech

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What is a breech presentation? By 3-4 weeks before the due date, most babies move so their heads are down near the birth canal (vagina). If this does not happen, the buttocks, the feet, or both may be in place to come out first during birth. This is called a breech presentation. It happens in 3‑4...

August 2011

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Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring During Labor

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What is fetal heart rate monitoring? Fetal heart rate monitoring is the process of checking the condition of your baby during labor and delivery by monitoring his or her heart rate with special equipment. Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Care What is fetal heart rate monitoring?  ...

August 2011

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