Vaginal delivery is when a baby is born through the mother’s birth canal.

Labor: The duration of labor varies with Some deliveries taking only a few hours, while others may take a couple of days.

  • to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal.centimetersDilitation: the cervix gradually opens to 10
  • Braxton-Hicks Contractions: “practice” contractions.
  • Contractions: Contractions are the rhythmic tightening and relaxing of your pelvic muscles.​​​

Signs Of Labor:

Latent Phase:

  • Regular minute-long contractions, in approximately 5-minute intervals, for 60 minutes.
  • Ruptured membranes
  • Pressure
  • Diarrhea or indigestion
  • Bloody show

Active Labor:

  • Stronger, Longer duration with shorter intervals
  • Cervix at 4 centimeter
  • Descending fetal presenting part
  • Relaxation techniques for active labor:
  • Ask for medication, if this is a part of your birthing plan.
  • Practice breathing exercises.
  • Have a light snack and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Keep your blood flowing by walking around the room, or switching positions.
  • Urinate normally.

Have your birth plan discussed with your consultant in advance.

Second Stage of Labor:

  • Pushing:
  • listen to your doctor for direction when to push:
  • Take a deep breath and hold
  • PUsh down as if you are constipated
  • Push for full 10 seconds
  • Exhale
  • Repeat the cycle x 3
  • Keep breathing between pushing cycles

The third stage of Labor:

After Delivery:

  • Your doctor will examine the placenta.
  • Within about 5-30 minutes, you will need to deliver the placenta as well. This will be much easier than delivering your baby! You will likely continue to have small contractions, and your doctor may massage your belly to help it along. You may need to push again to completely expel the placenta.
  • Your doctor might massage the uterus so it clamps down
  • Receive an IM injection to prevent bleeding
  • Push for delivering the Placenta
  • Baby on your chest with skin to skin contact and breastfeeding
  • Cord stem collection is performed if indicated