The second stage of labour
The baby makes its way down the birth canal and is born-the second stage can take from 10 minutes to 3 hours!
Can my partner deliver our baby?
Can my partner cut the umbilical cord?
What is the second stage of labour?
I have heard horror stories about forceps...I dread needing one.
How will I know if I''m pushing OK in the second stage?
What affects the length of the second stage?
Will I tear when the baby's head comes out?
Is there any difference between tearing and being cut?
How do I know I am in the second stage of labour?
Can you talk me through the actual birth?
Is there anything I can do to stop myself tearing or needing to be cut?
What is an ''assisted'' delivery, and why would I need one?
What happens if I am too tired to push my baby out?
Can I refuse an episiotomy (cut)?
Are there circumstances when they would just cut me without asking ?
Who will do the delivery if it needs to be assisted?
Will I be able to push if I have had an epidural?
What is an ''OP'' delivery?
Are my contractions the same in the second stage as they are in the first?
How much pain can I expect with an instrumental delivery?
I dislocated my coccyx (tailbone) when I was younger and was told that this will mean a smaller space for baby's head in labour. How concerned should I be?
Wednesday, 7 June, 2023
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