Childbirth is the delivery of a baby from the pregnant mother. It is also called “labor” or “confinement”. A birth will often be assisted by a midwife and an obstetrician. The vast majority of births are happy events resulting in a healthy baby and a happy mother. Nevertheless, there are always some risks of complications affecting the baby or the mother. A baby less than 28 days old is called a “neonate” and disorders are called “neonatal disorders”. Disorders affecting the mother after birth are called “postnatal disorders”. Disorders earlier in pregnancy are called various names: “pregnancy complications”, “maternal disorders”, or disorders of the fetus (“fetal disorders”).

Introduction: Childbirth

What is labor? Labor is the process by which the fetus and the placenta leave the uterus. Delivery can occur in two ways, vaginally or by a cesarean delivery. Labor occurs in three stages and can actually begin weeks before ...1

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  1. Source: NICHD (NIH): health/ topics/ pregnancy/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ labor.aspx

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