You've been pregnant for months, as your unborn baby has grown and developed. Now, it's time for the baby to be born, and you're in labour. The first stage of labour involves dilation (opening) and effacement (thinning and shortening) of the cervix, as your body prepares for the baby's...
1/2 hour to 2 or more hours
During the second stage of labour, the cervix dilates fully and the baby is born!
Have a renewed sense of energy and excitement.
Need to regroup after the intensity of transitional labour.
THIRD STAGE – 5 to 30 minutes
During the third stage of labour, the placenta is born.
Need a few minutes to collect yourself before focusing on your baby.
Be surprised by the baby’s appearance – the body a bloody, greyish-purple colour, covered...
Active labour follows the first stage. It involves the continued dilation (opening) of the cervix.
Active Labour - 3 to 5 hours
During active labour, the cervix dilates to four to seven centimetres.
Wake up in active labour if you slept through the early, first stage.