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Assisted Vaginal Delivery
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Assisted vaginal delivery is vaginal delivery of a baby performed with the help of forceps or a vacuum device. It sometimes is called operative vaginal delivery. Today, assisted vaginal delivery is done in about 3% of vaginal deliveries in the United States.
Breastfeeding Your Baby
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More and more women are choosing to breastfeed their babies—and for good reason. Breast milk is the perfect baby food. Breastfeeding also has health benefits for moms
Cesarean Birth
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Most babies enter the world through the birth canal (vagina). However, in about one third of cases, a baby is born by cesarean delivery.
Elective Delivery Before 39 Weeks
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A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. It was once thought that babies born a few weeks early—between 37 weeks and 39 weeks—were just as healthy as babies born after 39 weeks.
Exercise After Pregnancy
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Having a baby and taking care of a newborn are hard work. It will take a while to regain your strength after the strain of pregnancy and birth.
Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring During Labor
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During labor and delivery, the condition of the baby is checked using fetal heart rate monitoring.
How to Tell When Labor Begins
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Awaiting the birth of a baby is an exciting and anxious time. The average length of pregnancy is 280 days, or 40 weeks.
Labor Induction
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Labor is the process that leads to the birth of a baby. Labor usually starts on its own. Labor induction is the use of medications or other methods to bring on (induce) labor.
Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery
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Each woman's labor is unique. The amount of pain a woman feels during labor may differ from that felt by another woman.
Newborn Male Circumcision
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Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, which is the layer of skin that covers the glans (head) of the penis. It is your choice whether to have your son circumcised. 
Postpartum Depression
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Depression after childbirth—also called postpartum depression—is more common than many people realize. About 10–15% of women will experience postpartum depression.
Preterm Labor and Birth
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A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. When labor starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy, it is called preterm labor.
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