After months of anticipation your expected delivery date is nearing. Here's a brief guide that'll help you understand the stages involved in labour and baby delivery. Labour is the advanced stage of maternity when the foetus and the placenta leave the uterus, thus preparing the body to give birth to the baby. Delivery can happen in two ways – vaginal or caesarean. Vaginal delivery happens in three stages. In the first stage, a would-be mother starts experiencing contractions that causes her cervix to efface (thin out) and dilate (open up), until it gets fully dilated. The second stage is the "pushing" stage i.e. when the mother gives birth to her baby, and the third stage begins right after the birth of the baby and ends off with the delivery of placenta. Contrary to the vaginal form of delivery treatment, caesarean delivery is a surgical procedure that brings out the foetus through a slit in the mother's abdomen. In order to bring about pain relief during childbirth treatment professionals prefer to give any of the following forms of anaesthesia: Local, regional or general. All these forms of anaesthesia are used to numb a particular area or a wide portion of the body during the delivery process. While a normal delivery will cost you anywhere ranging from $9000 to $17000, average cost of C-section delivery ranges from $14,000 to $25,000. For first-time mothers, it might take about eight hours for the cervix to get fully dilated. This is an average timeframe, which might vary from case to case. And once the cervix gets dilated, it takes another hour or two to push and give birth to the baby. On the other hand, time taken for C-section delivery is not more than 10-15 minutes with an additional time of 45 minutes for pre and post-delivery treatments.
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