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 Early labor is the longest of the three phases of labor and is the least intense. Early labor can take place over a period of days or weeks or hours. Because this phase of labor is the least intense, some women may be going through early labor without knowing. During early labor, contractions ... more
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 During the second phase of labor (active labor), you should be at the hospital or have a midwife on hand if birthing at home or at a birthing center. Phase two labor can vary in time from 1 to 5 hours. During active labor you can expect the dilation of the cervix to accelerate. You will get more â ... more
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 Transition is a term used to describe the last phase of labor. This is where the labor pains become more closely spaced, and last longer. You can expect contractions to last 60 to 90 seconds spaced 2 to 3 minutes apart with some variation. This phase is the shortest phase of labor lasting 30 to 90 ... more
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 You will be ready to push the baby out when your cervix is dilated to a full 10 centimeters and is 100% effaced. Pushing involves exactly what it sounds like. You will bear down and push the baby through the birth canal.  In the final stages of labor your contractions will change from dilating co ... more
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 If you’re pregnant, it’s smart to educate yourself about cesarean section births, in case it’s something that you need to have or an option you’d just like to explore.  Despite the fashionable belief that you can get a c-section just to avoid unsightly tearing and damage, there’s much m ... more
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