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Labour and Childbirth

Nine months of weird cravings, swollen breasts, squished lungs and no waistline leads up to the inevitable climatic point of pregnancy; labour. There are many rumours, myths and old wives tales suggesting that women who are due feel unsettled, and perhaps even unprepared for labour and childbirth.
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Labour
For most women, the first stage of labour is usually the longest and most intense.
Water breaking, breaking the waters, water broke, membranes rupturing – they all mean the same thing.
The first stage of labour is usually the longest of all the stages of labour.
The second stage of labour begins when the cervix has fully dilated, and ends with the birth of your baby.
There’s no getting away from it, labour is painful.
Birth Delivery
Try to have your bags packed by around 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Your decision about how and where to give birth to your baby will be a very personal one.
Most of us have heard of epidurals for pain relief in labour.
Preparing a plan for your labour and delivery in advance allows you to think through your alternatives with a clear and rational mind.
As the time to deliver your baby approaches, there are lots of important decisions you’ll be faced with.
Premature Birth
Premature labour is when labour starts before a baby's due date.
It is very overwhelming for parents who find themselves in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with their premature baby.
You and your baby may not have gotten your full 9 months, the birth plan went out the window, the celebrations of birth missing and you must now experience the rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, setbacks and triumphs, which very well could be one of the greatest life challenges you ever face.
RSV is the most common cause of lower-respiratory-tract infection in infancy or childhood.
Newborns are considered to be premature if they come into the world before 37 weeks instead of the usual 38 to 42 weeks.

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