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On average, 4.5 babies are born per second across the world, based on information from August 2014. That is equal to 273 babies born per minute, according to the Population Reference Bureau. The large majority of those births happen in lesser developed countries, where 4.1 births occur per second.

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  • How do you recover faster from a C-section?

    Q: How do you recover faster from a C-section?

    A: Women can take from four to six weeks to recover completely from a C-section, but they can speed up the recovery process by resting, avoiding heavy lifting, supporting the abdomen, taking painkillers as recommended and staying hydrated. WebMD advises against driving for two weeks, exercising for four to six weeks and having sex for six weeks.
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  • How many babies are born every second?

    Q: How many babies are born every second?

    A: On average, 4.5 babies are born per second across the world, based on information from August 2014. That is equal to 273 babies born per minute, according to the Population Reference Bureau. The large majority of those births happen in lesser developed countries, where 4.1 births occur per second.
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  • How can I tell if I'm dilating?

    Q: How can I tell if I'm dilating?

    A: According to Babble, when a pregnant woman is dilating, the cervix opens; as it continues to open, the woman is able to penetrate the area rather easily with her fingers. The cervix is compared to soft, puckered lips. A woman can sit on a toilet and place one leg up to reach the cervix. While reaching into a dilated cervix, it's not uncommon to feel the baby's head.
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  • Can twins be born on different days?

    Q: Can twins be born on different days?

    A: Twins can be born on different days, and it happens quite often. The phenomenon of one twin being born on one day and the other on the next day is generally the result of one child being born a few minutes before midnight with the sibling following minutes later ��� for instance, one baby is born at 11:58 p.m. and another is born at 12:01 a.m.
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  • What do you pack for a baby delivery?

    Q: What do you pack for a baby delivery?

    A: Baby Center recommends bringing enough supplies for a two- to three-day stay at the hospital when delivering a baby. Supplies for both the baby and the mother are necessary.
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  • What is the highest amount of babies born in a single birth?

    Q: What is the highest amount of babies born in a single birth?

    A: An Australian woman gave birth to nine babies in 1971, but only six of the babies survived, according to CNN.com. This birth is documented in the Guinness Book of World Records.
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  • Can newborn babies breathe underwater?

    Q: Can newborn babies breathe underwater?

    A: According to the Argonne National Laboratory's Ask a Scientist site, newborn babies are not able to breathe underwater. Immediately after birth, they are still connected to their mothers and receive oxygen through their umbilical cords.
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  • What is a person who delivers babies called?

    Q: What is a person who delivers babies called?

    A: A doctor who delivers babies is called an obstetrician, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Obstetrics is the medical specialty of caring for pregnant women. Before the 17th century, female midwives were responsible for delivering obstetrical care. By the 19th century, the field was well-established as a medical discipline.
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  • When does a baby head to the birth canal?

    Q: When does a baby head to the birth canal?

    A: Babies go toward the birth canal shortly before birth, which should be around a woman's due date, according to Women's Health. It's hard to say exactly when this will take place, but there are some signs that show labor is approaching.
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  • What will happen if my baby is born at 35 weeks?

    Q: What will happen if my baby is born at 35 weeks?

    A: Babies born at 35 weeks are at risk for many of the same complications as earlier preterm babies, according to Time magazine. Late preterm infants (between 34 and 37 weeks gestation) are more likely to have breathing problems, including respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia. The American Pregnancy Association states that late preterm babies may also have a greater risk for jaundice, an inability to maintain body heat, digestive problems and anemia.
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  • How can a father help in the delivery room?

    Q: How can a father help in the delivery room?

    A: A father can help in the delivery room by keeping the child's mother comfortable by rubbing her feet or back, providing her with ice chips and coaching her through hard contractions. Fathers can also help control who enters the birthing room and hold the mother's hand throughout the delivery process.
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  • Q: What is an artificial womb?

    A: An artificial womb is a medical device in which fetuses are theoretically able to gestate. As of 2014, current research has only had success in keeping goat and mouse embryos and one human embryo alive for a matter of days inside a machine filled with amniotic fluid.
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  • Q: What is the purpose of a sample birth plan?

    A: The purpose of a birth plan is to provide the doctor with a patient's preferences regarding the type of labor, delivery and postnatal care, Babycenter explains. The plan often includes preferences like having a home or hospital birth or using a doula or midwife.
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  • Q: If I am 2 centimeters dilated, how long will it be before I go into labor?

    A: When a woman is 2 centimeters dilated, it is considered early labor and can still take many hours to advance to active labor once contractions set in, according to Mayo Clinic. This phase of labor is unpredictable, taking up to 12 hours to advance to active labor for first-time mothers.
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  • Q: What are the benefits of cord blood banking?

    A: Some patients, especially children and smaller adults, with certain diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia, can be injected with the cells found in cord blood to help boost their body's production of new, healthy cells, according to WebMD. The cells found in cord blood can also help people recover from certain cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy or radiation.
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  • Q: What is human development?

    A: Human development is defined as a measurement of human achievements including biological changes, advancement of knowledge and habits over long periods of time, according to BusinessDictionary. Human development helps governments and companies manage human populations, determine growth patterns and foster international trade.
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  • Q: What is the average size of a newborn baby's head?

    A: At birth, the average newborn���s head circumference measures approximately 13 3/4 inches and grows to around 15 inches during the first month, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Newborn boys often have slightly larger heads than girls. The difference is typically less than 1/2 inch.
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  • Q: What are some educational videos on childbirth?

    A: Some educational video on childbirth from Lamaze International include clips called "Let Labor Begin On Its Own," "Walk, Move Around and Change Positions Throughout Labor," "Bring A Loved One, Friend or Doula For Support," and "Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary." Expectant mothers can also learn what labor and delivery is like, with a series of actual births captured on film by Baby Center.
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  • Q: Can you develop eclampsia after giving birth?

    A: Eclampsia can occur after pregnancy, but it is extremely rare, states MedicineNet. Eclampsia is an escalation of the condition preeclampsia, which occurs after delivery in approximately 5 percent of cases. In 90 percent of cases, preeclampsia develops after the 34th week of pregnancy, and giving birth terminates the symptoms.
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  • Q: What do contractions feel like?

    A: Contractions feel different for each woman, but they often begin with a dull ache in the abdomen or with a backache, together with a feeling of pressure in the pelvis, that moves like a wave from the top of the abdomen to the bottom, according to WebMD. They may feel like intensely painful menstrual cramps, according to Babyexpert, or like the need to pass gas.
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  • Q: What are preterm labor symptoms and signs?

    A: According to WebMD, the main signs of premature labor are backaches, abdominal cramps and contractions that occur every 10 minutes. Preterm labor may be confused with Braxton Hicks contractions that are common in late pregnancy. The backaches and contractions of preterm labor are much stronger than those associated with normal pains during pregnancy.
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