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Birth

In this section we look at the three stages involved in a normal birth* ( labour , delivery of the baby, afterbirth ), including a look at common problems and complications of birth as well as a focus on the immediate postpartum period (the period following delivery of the baby and placenta).
You can also find sections on typical newborns development , common problems in newborns as well as a look at birth defects .

*The World Health Organisation defines normal birth as:
" spontaneous in onset, low-risk at the start of labour and remaining so throughout labour and delivery. The infant is born spontaneously in the vertex position between 37 and 42 completed weeks of pregnancy. After birth mother and infant are in good condition ." [ 1 ]

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. Care in Normal Birth: A Practical Guide. Report of a Technical Working Group, World Health Organisation, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, 1999. http://www.who.org


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