Knowing what to expect when it comes time for labor and delivery can help ease any anxiety you may have about the birth process, especially if this is your first baby. Reviewing these facts will help, as taking advantage of childbirth classes.
Before you are formally admitted to your hospital's labor and delivery area, you will probably be given a vaginal exam to determine the progress of your labor. This exam will determine your cervical effacement and dilation, and how far your baby has descended into your pelvic cavity. You will be asked for general information that includes the following:
You will be asked for specific information that includes the following:
Your provider may use one particular method, or possibly a combination of methods, to help them determine how your baby is reacting to labor.
The length and difficulty of each woman's labor and delivery will vary. Factors that play a role include the size and shape of your pelvis, the size and position of your baby, your cervical status at the time labor begins, and the strength and frequency of your contractions.