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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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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 are some signs that the cervix is dilating?

    A: Signs that the cervix is dilating include contractions that occur at regular intervals and a discharge, according to Mayo Clinic. The cervix dilates slowly during early labor, which can last up to 12 hours. Dilation becomes quicker during active labor, which can last up to eight hours.
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  • How long does hCG stay in your system after birth?

    Q: How long does hCG stay in your system after birth?

    A: The American Pregnancy Association says that pregnancy levels of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) return to normal about four to six weeks after pregnancy ends. The hCG levels peak in the eighth to eleventh weeks of pregnancy, and then begin to decline.
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  • Q: What is a fetal anomaly?

    A: A fetal anomaly, as defined by Dictionary.com, refers to any "deviation from the norm or average" in a fetus' structural development. WebMD uses the term "unusual ultrasound" to describe any ultrasound revealing fetal anomaly. The National Center for Biotechnology Information explains that the implications of any given fetal anomaly can vary from benign to serious and stresses that medical guidance is essential in evaluating each individual case.
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  • Q: How does pre-labor cause diarrhea?

    A: Frequent hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy, along with a woman's body preparing to push a baby out, lead to diarrhea during preterm labor, explains BabyMed. Loose bowel movements prepare a woman's body for the stages of childbirth through the loosening of the rectum, uterus and other muscles that regulate a bowel movement, notes What to Expect. The emptying of a woman's bowels ensures that there is enough room for baby to pass through the birth canal.
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  • Q: What are some ways to encourage dilation at 38 weeks of pregnancy?

    A: One way to encourage dilation at 38 weeks of pregnancy involves nipple stimulation to promote production of the hormone oxytocin, which helps induce contractions, explains Fit Pregnancy Magazine. Some women opt to have sexual intercourse to naturally induce labor because some research suggests that semen contains cervix-softening fats.
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  • Q: What are the first signs of labor?

    A: According to WebMD, the first signs of labor include the baby dropping into the pelvis, the passing of the mucus plug, contractions, water breaking, and effacement and dilation of the cervix. Every pregnancy is different, and therefore not every symptom is necessarily present when a woman goes into 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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  • 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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  • How much blood does a newborn baby have?

    Q: How much blood does a newborn baby have?

    A: A newborn baby has approximately 1 cup of blood in its entire body. The average adult has between 10 and 12 pints of blood in their body.
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  • Q: What are some things that happen during childbirth?

    A: The process of childbirth begins with early labor, during which contractions are mild and come at regular intervals, says Mayo Clinic. There may be a brown or blood-tinged discharge from the vagina. The next stage is active labor, when contractions increase in frequency, duration and strength. The intensity of contractions is typically quite painful and requires all of the woman's attention. During the following stage, the woman experiences a strong urge to push and delivers the baby shortly after.
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