Stages of Birth
∙ 1st stage: dilation and effacement of cervix; fully dilated at 10 cm, 8-12 hours for first baby and 7 hours for second
∙ 2nd stage: actual birth; birth of baby lasts about 50 minutes ∙ 3rd stage: afterbirth (right after baby’s birth), lasts 3-10 minutes
Childbirth Setting and Attendants
∙ midwife: U.S. certified nurses
∙ doula: someone who provides support before, during, and after the baby has been born
Medications and Childbirth
∙ anaogesic: relieves pain
∙ anesthetic: first-stage of labor and as the baby is being born to help block out the sensation for the mother We also discuss several other topics like What is triple meter in music?
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∙ epidural block: waist on down is numbed
∙ oxytocin: triggers uterine muscles to contract, naturally produced through pituitary gland
∙ piticon: similar to oxytocin but is synthetic