How do I know I’m in labor?

In a normal pregnancy, labor usually happens during the ninth month. Although every woman’s labor and delivery looks different, most women experience their “water breaking” which is where the amniotic membranes rupture. You may notice:

  • Brown or red vaginal discharge 
  • Slow trickling or gushing of fluid 
  • Softening of the cervix 

What are the three stages of labor?

First Stage:
The first stage of labor could last anywhere from 2-15 hours and includes contractions and the dilation of the cervix. 
Second Stage:
The second stage of labor is faster than the first, lasting from 10 minutes to 2 hours. This is the pushing stage where the baby is born. 
Third Stage:
The third stage of labor is the fastest. This is when the placenta is delivered.

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What risks could I experience during delivery?

Infection, bleeding, embolisms, oxygen deprivation, perineal tears, or other complications are some of the risks with delivery. However, most of these are rare. 

What is an epidural?

An epidural is a local anesthetic injected into the spine that relieves pain in the lower extremities. 

How far ahead should I plan for my delivery?

Your pregnancy management team will work with you from the time you have access to services, ensuring that your delivery plan is set in stone. 

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