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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Q: What does a dilated cervix feel like?

    A: A woman cannot feel the actual dilation of the cervix, however, when fully dilated, she is in active labor and experiences contractions at regular intervals as the body readies itself for labor, according to American Pregnancy. A woman's cervix can begin dilating up to one month before delivery with no symptoms, but, as labor begins, dilation is accompanied by contractions.
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  • Q: What happens when your water breaks?

    A: When your water breaks during pregnancy, you could experience the feeling of wetness inside the vagina, a small trickle of fluid or even a gush of liquid, states Mayo Clinic. However, the chance of your water breaking before going into labor is roughly 15 percent, notes What To Expect.
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  • Q: What should you include in a hospital checklist when a baby is on the way?

    A: A hospital checklist for expectant parents includes important documents, such as identification and insurance cards, as well as toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and skin lotion, as WebMD suggests. A hospital bag for an expectant mother should also include current medications, a camera, cellphone, electronic chargers and reading material for the parents to browse while waiting for delivery. Nursing pads and nursing bras are other items to include.
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  • Q: How do you heal nerve damage after delivery?

    A: Nerve damage as a result of perineal tears during childbirth is treated with physical therapy techniques to strengthen and stretch the pelvic floor muscles, according to Practical Pain Management. Ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation can also help heal nerve damage after delivery.
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  • Q: What does it mean if you are 2 centimeters dilated and 40 percent effaced?

    A: For a woman in labor, two centimeters dilated means that the cervical opening is no longer closed but has opened to a width of two centimeters. Effacement of 40 percent means that the cervix has thinned out 40 percent, according to Web MD.
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  • Q: How does a doctor perform a cesarean section?

    A: A doctor performs a cesarean section with an incision in the abdomen to remove the baby, according to WebMD. Either a spinal anesthesia or epidural usually numbs the patient's abdominal area. Emergencies require the use of general anesthesia instead since it is fast-acting.
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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 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: How do you check your own cervix for dilation?

    A: To check your own cervix for dilation, insert a finger into the vagina, placing the tip of the finger in the cervical opening. Each finger that fits in the opening corresponds to about one centimeter of dilation. Call a doctor if the cervix is dilated to four or more centimeters, recommends Mahalo.
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  • Q: When did child labor begin?

    A: Although child labor has existed to some extent for thousands of years, the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century was the turning point for an explosion of child labor. During the Industrial Revolution, most families relied on their children to work.
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