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Your Step-by-Step Guide to The Stages of Labor

From the first contractions through transition and birth, we get the lowdown on labor stages from Lamaze.

What’s Happening: Active Labor

Contractions continue to become longer and stronger, until they’re eventually about 3 minutes apart and last for about a minute or more (again, times may vary). During this phase, which on average takes from 2 to 6 hours, the cervix effaces and dilates to about 8 centimeters. Women in active labor usually get very focused as the hard work begins.

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By Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE. Images courtesy of Lamaze.
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