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Childbirth

Also called labor, delivery, birth, partus, or parturition, it is the final stage of pregnancy in which one or more newborn infants are expulsed from a woman's uterus. Normal childbirth process consists of three stages: the shortening and dilation of the cervix, descent and birth of the infant, and birth of the placenta.

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dilation

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Dilation is the action of stretching or enlarging an organ or part of the body. In child birth, dilation refers to the enlarging of the cervix.

cervix

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The cervix is a constricted portion of an organ or part; especially the narrow outer end of the uterus.

mucus plug

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A cervical mucus plug (operculum) is a plug that fills and seals the cervical canal during pregnancy. It is formed by a small amount of cervical mucus.

effacement

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Effacement is the process by which the cervix prepares for delivery. After the baby has engaged in the pelvis, it gradually drops closer to the cervix; the cervix gradually softens, shortens and ...

station

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Station is the location of the presenting part of the fetus in the birth canal, designated as −5 to −1 according to the number of centimeters the part is above an imaginary plane passing through the ...

meconium

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Meconium is a dark green mucilaginous material in the intestine of the full-term fetus that may or may not have been expelled before birth.

leukorrhea

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Leukorrhea is a whitish, viscid discharge from the vagina and uterine cavity that is seen during pregnancy.

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