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The process of giving birth has four distinct stages - starting with contractions and concluding in the hours after your baby's born.  

Here's a look at what you can expect, stage by stage.

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Information on the Second Stage of Labour

August 14, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

The second stage of labour begins with full dilation and ends with your baby's birth. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to two or three hours.
Video about labour and birth

Video About Labour and Birth

August 14, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

There are 4 stages of labour. Watch to learn what happens and how you might feel during each stage.

The First Stage of Labour - Early Phase

August 13, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

The first stage of labour begins with contractions that continue to increase in length and intensity, and ends when the cervix is fully dilated.

First Stage of Labour - Active Phase

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

During the active phase of first-stage labour you may feel serious, quiet and introspective.

First Stage of Labour - Transition Phase

August 10, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

For many women, the transition phase is the most challenging part of labour.

Information on the Third Stage of Labour

August 10, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

In the third stage of labour the uterus contracts, and the placenta completes its separation from the wall of the uterus and is birthed. This stage can take five to 30 minutes or longer.

Information on the Fourth Stage of Labour

August 8, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

The fourth stage of labour is the first two or three hours after birth. You may feel dizzy or faint if you stand up.


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