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
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∙ 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
∙ epidural block: waist on down is numbed
∙ oxytocin: triggers uterine muscles to contract, naturally produced through pituitary gland Don't forget about the age old question of What is the lenght of an er signal in a peptide sequence?
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∙ piticon: similar to oxytocin but is synthetic