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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Q: What is a safe way to induce your labor?

    A: Researchers have not found a proven way to induce labor, according to WebMD. However, theories that acupuncture, sexual intercourse, long walks, spicy foods and drinking small amounts of castor oil can induce labor continue to be debated. Some women opt to take evening primrose oil, an herb believed to soften the cervix and prepare it for labor.
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  • Q: Who was the oldest woman to ever give birth?

    A: As of 2015, the title of the oldest woman to ever give birth officially belongs to Maria del Carmen Bousada, who gave birth to twins at 66, reports the Daily Mail. The oldest woman to give birth to qaudruplets is Annegret Raunigk, who was 65, reports The Independent.
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  • Can ginger tea induce labor?

    Q: Can ginger tea induce labor?

    A: Ginger is among a variety of teas that are purported to have properties that induce labor. According to LoveToKnow.com, some experts claim that sipping herbal teas can bring about labor, while others say it is simply a means of willing the baby to come.
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  • Q: Why is a tubal ligation less successful during a C-section?

    A: There is no research that supports the theory that C-section tubal ligation poses a higher risk of pregnancy. According to Dr. Judith Reichman, studies show that there is a two percent chance that a woman will get pregnant after having tubal ligation after a C-section, laparoscopic surgery or vaginal delivery. A pregnancy may occur within ten years of the procedure.
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  • Q: What are some educational videos about childbirth?

    A: Educational videos about childbirth are available through Mother's Advocate, according to Childbirth Professionals International. Mother's Advocate hosts videos about topics such as letting labor begin on its own, avoiding unnecessary interventions and keeping babies with the mother. The organization's website also provides videos about the history of birth from ancient to modern times and a video about celebrating birth.
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  • Q: What are the signs of back labor, and how do you manage it?

    A: According to the Mayo Clinic, the primary sign of back labor is pain in the lower back just above the tailbone. Movement, changing positions, massage and medication help alleviate back labor pain. Applying ice packs or heating pads also relieves the discomfort of back labor in some patients.
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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: Can I use balsamic vinegar to induce labor?

    A: While no evidence has shown that balsamic vinegar induces labor, it might help, according to What to Expect. Other foods that may help bring on labor include eggplant, pineapple and anything spicy. These foods have not proven helpful in pregnant women unless they have already begun dilating.
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  • What are some reasons for recording a child birth?

    Q: What are some reasons for recording a child birth?

    A: A good reason to record childbirth is to share the experience with friends and family, according to Families.com. There is limited space in a delivery room, but with the video tape, family can experience the birth on video.
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  • Q: What happens when a woman gives birth?

    A: During childbirth, a woman experiences contractions while her cervix thins out and widens to accommodate the infant's head, BabyCenter states. At around 10 centimeters of dilation, uterine contractions are strong enough to guide the baby into the pelvis. The baby descends faster once the mother feels the urge to push, helping the head exit the birth canal. Breathing techniques help slow the pushing motion to prevent tearing of the lining separating the vagina and anus.
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