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Birth canal
The tunnel comprised of the vagina and cervix, through which the infant must pass during birth.

This week your baby may drop into the birth canal, this is called 'lightening' or 'dropping'. If this is not your first baby, this 'lightening' may not occur until right before labor.

Birth Canal-This is the pathway through which a baby travels in order to be born. The birth canal is formed by the cervix, vagina, and vulva.

Birth Canal
This is more commonly referred to as the vagina and is the passage between the cervix and the outside world through which the baby travels on the way to being born.
Birth centre ...

birth canal (burth kuh-NAL) - See vagina.
birth control (burth kuhn-TROHL) - Also called contraception or family planning. Things you can do to keep from getting pregnant. Using a condom and taking a birth control pill are examples of birth control.

Vagina - The birth canal.
Vaginal Birth - The delivery of a baby through the birth canal.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean - The birth of a baby through the birth canal when a cesarean has been done in the past.

Passage through the birth canal often makes a newborn's head appear pointy or elongated for a short time.

The baby enters the birth canal with their bottom or feet first as opposed to the normal head first presentation.
Brow/face presentation
When the baby's brow/face is leading the way down the birth canal.

Can transfer in the birth canal during delivery
M - Antibiotics approved by OB/GYN
B - Antibiotics are given in the eyes to prevent infection ...

A tourist on the birth canal
7 May I have often heard from members of my parent's generation how refreshing it is to see men nowadays involved in all aspects of child raising.

If the baby is face-up, this is called posterior--as opposed to anterior, and having nothing to do with anyone's derriere--and this is a difficult way to deliver a baby, because they don't fit as well through the birth canal face-up.

Herpes infection could expose the baby to serious illness, and since this virus can be caught by exposure of the baby to the virus in your birth canal, C-section will theoretically (not guaranteed) avoid exposure.

She said the baby's head was swollen already from trying to get into my birth canal. (I am 5 feet tall). She said her mom was little like me and had to have 5 c-sections with all of her babies. I did not want my child to suffer.

The woman can remain active in pushing the baby through the birth canal. It is used for vaginal deliveries.

In the second stage of labour, the baby is expelled from the womb through the birth canal by both the uterine contractions and by powerful abdominal contractions ("bearing down"). The baby is most commonly born head-first.

If the baby is too large in relation to the passage size of the birth canal, spontaneous vaginal delivery may be difficult, labor may arrest, and a cesarean section could be required.

Your baby's bones will be becoming harder but his / her scalp will still be relatively soft for ease of passage through the birth canal.

If there is an absolute indication (as outlined previously), such as the placenta blocking the birth canal (placenta praevia) or the baby lying crossways.

Your other goal is to relax and let the birth canal and perineum open up for the baby. To achieve this, try to
- Relax your abdominal muscles by putting one hand on your lower belly and pushing it out as you breathe in.

Vertex presentation is just medical speak for 'baby's head-down in the birth canal and raring to go!' About 97 percent of all deliveries are headfirst, or vertex -- and rare is the OB who will try to deliver any other way.

However, if after an hour or more, the baby's head is not moving down in the birth canal with contractions or pushing, your obstetrician will consider whether to assist the delivery.

Some fetuses present with their buttocks or feet pointed down toward the birth canal (a frank, complete or incomplete/footling breech presentation).

To position himself for the journey through the birth canal, your baby will move lower down so that his presenting part, usually the head, will settle into your bony pelvis.

Babies need a flexible skull, not only to fit through the birth canal, but also to allow room for growth. As your baby’s brain grows, his skull needs to be able to expand.

For example, you may need a c-section if your baby is too big to pass through the birth canal, or if the baby is in a breech position (feet first) or a transverse position (shoulder first). The best position for your baby is head first.

breech birth - when the baby does not come into the birth canal in the typical position (head down)- the breech baby comes into the pelvis with the feet or buttocks presenting first.

Most babies are born with an abnormally shaped head from their travel during the birth canal. The skull is formidable at this point and can change to accommodate its' surroundings.

Climbing stairs slowly will be even better but slowly without risk to properly align the baby with the birth canal. Try avoiding swimming or getting into a bath so that you may become buoyant.

They may be too big to come down the birth canal or their shoulders may end up getting stuck (shoulder dystocia) and that may cause issues with nerve damage in the child.

Bleeding from the birth canal before 20 weeks is called a threatened abortion or miscarriage. The bleeding may or may not have abdominal pain associated with it. The blood loss may be brown spotting, blood stained discharge or bright red bleeding.

This is, in part, because an infant who arrives feet- or butt-first can get his head stuck in the birth canal.

If you imagine that this is the birth canal [points to the area between the tip of the thumb and the tip of the first finger] and here's the anal sphincter [draws a spot with a pen on hand at the point where the thumb and first finger joint meet].

The baby twists and turns through the birth canal.
Did you know?
Most baby's present head down. If a baby's feet or buttocks are in position to deliver first, the baby is said to be breech.

See also: See also: Pregnancy, Delivery, Pregnant, Vagina, Uterus

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