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”).
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
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