The longest stage of labor! It starts with your first real labor contraction and ends when you are 10cm dilated.
It is also the longest stage and includes: early labor, active labor, and transition!
This is better known as the pushing stage! This starts when you are 10cm and ends with the delivery of your baby!
It is hard to estimate how long it will be, but the average push time for first-time moms is about 2 hours.
In this stage, you will deliver your placenta! Yup! That organ you grew during pregnancy has gotta come out, too.
This stage usually lasts less than 30 minutes. In rare cases, the placenta doesn't come out on its own and we have to go in there to get it out.
The fourth and final stage! This is the first 1-2 hours after birth. Your placenta is out and you're officially not pregnant anymore!
You will be monitored closely during this time for any signs of postpartum hemorrhage or other issues. While this is going on, if you and baby are stable it is a great time to do skin-to-skin, and start breastfeeding!
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