Childbirth is an intense event with very strong emotions. The process of normal childbirth is categorized in three stages of labor: the shortening and dilation of the cervix, descent and birth of the infant, and the placenta being expelled. The most prominent sign of labor are the strong contractile waves that move the infant down the birth canal. Pain in contractions present similar to very strong menstrual cramps. Oxytocin is a compound that is secreted during the later stages of pregnancy is responsible for contractions and labor during the delivery. The duration of labor varies widely, but active phase averages some 8 hours for women giving birth to their first child (“primiparae”) and shorter for women who have already given birth (“multiparae”). The pregnant women are advised to take good rest, sufficient nutrition and remain active during the entire pregnancy.
Normal deliveries are the most recommended natural process of child birth. It helps the mother to recovery quickly from the pregnancy.