Labor – The Three Stages


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Dr. Chad Hill

An OB/GYN based in Arkansas, Dr. Chad Hill serves as the chief physician of the Siloam Springs Regional Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Chad Hill delivers babies.

Experts have divided labor into three main stages. The initial stage, which marks the beginning of labor, is the longest part of the experience. Lasting anywhere from 12 to 20 hours, the stage ends when the pregnant mother’s cervix has fully dilated in preparation for delivery of the infant. Stage one is also characterized by contractions that gradually become more frequent and intense.

During stage two, a much shorter stage, the mother endeavors to push during contractions. This stage can last anywhere from a half hour to two hours. It ends with the successful delivery of the newborn infant.

During the third stage of labor, which takes up to a half hour, the mother expels the placenta. Experts consider this to be the end of the labor cycle.