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Vaginal Birth

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

Childbirth, labor, pregnancy, C-section, Cesarean section, episiotomy, breaking the water, contraction, Uterus, cervix, dilation, effacement, uterine contraction, placenta, umbilical cord, birth canal, epidural block

Overview *

Vaginal birth means that a baby comes down its mother's birth canal and no surgery, such as a Cesarean section, is needed. Some medical emergencies make C-section necessary. But most women are healthy enough to deliver a baby through normal vaginal delivery.

There are 3 stages of labor:
1.Dilation and effacement stage.
2.Baby delivery stage.
3.Placenta delivery stage.

The dilation stage happens as the cervix slowly becomes 10 cm wide. During the effacement stage, the cervix becomes thinner. The baby delivery stage is when the baby moves through the cervix and vagina and comes out! After the baby is delivered, the placenta comes out.

Most women require some form of anesthesia to help relieve the pain of labor and delivery. The most common type of anesthesia is the epidural block.
Most deliveries occur with no problems at all. However, there are some possible risks and complications. Many risks that used to cause babies or mothers to die are now very rare thanks to advances in medicine.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Anatomy
Pregnancy | Labor
Pain Control | Risks
Cesarean Section | After Delivery
Summary

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program explains vaginal birth. It discusses the three stages of labor and delivery, possible risks, and what to expect after giving birth.

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Last reviewed: 8/7/2007

 
     
 

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