Childbirth is an intense event with very strong emotions. The process of normal childbirth is categorized in three stages of labour: the shortening and dilation of the cervix, descent and birth of the infant, and the placenta being expelled. The most prominent sign of labour are the strong contractile waves that move the infant down the birth canal. Pain in contractions present similar to very strong menstrual cramps. Oxytocin is a compound that is secreted during the later stages of pregnancy is responsible for contractions and labour during the delivery. The duration of labour varies widely, but active phase averages some 8 hours for women giving birth to their first child ("primiparae") and shorter for women who have already given birth ("multiparae"). The pregnant women are advised to take good rest, sufficient nutrition and remain active during the entire pregnancy.
Advantages: Normal deliveries are the most recommended natural process of child birth. It helps the mother to recovery quickly from the pregnancy.
What are my options for childbirth?
Vaginal births and Caesarean births are the only two ways to deliver a baby, but there are variations on each. Whether this is an option for you depends on your health, as well as your baby’s health. In some cases your doctor will handle the delivery to ensure your well-being and your baby’s.
Can I have a normal delivery if I am pregnant with Twins?
Yes, it is possible to have Natural Birth of Twins and there is strong evidence that twins can be born naturally if mother is supported during labour.
When can I give my new-born baby a bath?
While a massage and bath do lots of good in babies, the first bath is delayed for at least a few hours, preferably 24 to 48 hours.
Myomectomy, sometimes also fibroidectomy, refers to the surgical removal of uterine leiomyomas, also known as fibroids.
Colposcopy is a medical diagnostic procedure to examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva. Many premalignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have discernible characteristics which can be detected through the examination.
A Caesarean section is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterectomy) to deliver one or more babies. A Caesarean section is often performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or mother's life or health at risk.
Menopause is the stage in a woman's life when menstruation stops and a woman can no longer bear children. This phase leads to gradual depletion in the production of female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Infertility is the inability of a person to conceive children. Female infertility includes inability of the woman to conceive as well as inability to carry a pregnancy to full term until the child birth. About 40% of the issues involved with infertility are due to the man, another 40% due to the woman, and 20% result from complications with both partners.
Cervical cancer is a cancer arising from the cervix. It is the abnormal growth of cells that invade or spread to other parts of the body. Worldwide, cervical cancer is both the fourth most common cause of cancer and deaths from cancer in women.
Breast cancer is when cancer develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, or a red scaly patch of skin. In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, or yellow skin.
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus or womb. Depending upon the type of procedure that is performed and the reason for the surgery, hysterectomy may also include removal of the adjacent Fallopian tubes and ovaries. Hysterectomy is the most common major surgical procedure (unrelated to pregnancy) performed on women.