Stages of childbirth

Ana Paula Markel, Professional Doula, explains the three different stages of childbirth and what each stage entails and how long it typically lasts
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The stages of childbirth are; early labor, active labor and transition. That qualifies as the first stage of labor, which is labor itself. The second stage of labor is pushing and the birth of the baby. The third stage of labor is the birth of the placenta. The fourth stage of labor is evolution, which means the uterus going back into pre-pregnancy size, which takes about six weeks. Time is really complicated in telling you how long each phase takes. It varies a lot from woman to woman, depending on if it's their first baby or not. Normally, the first stage of labor for a first time mom, is anywhere between 12 and 24 hours if the baby is in a good position. Pushing average for a first time mom is a couple of hours. The placenta comes anywhere from 5 minute to 30 minutes after the baby. And in involution, six weeks. That's what it takes to go back to pre-pregnancy size.

Ana Paula Markel, Professional Doula, explains the three different stages of childbirth and what each stage entails and how long it typically lasts

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Ana Paula Markel

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Ana Paula Markel is the mother of four children. Having experienced two cesarean births, a medicated vaginal birth and a natural birth (in that order,) Ana Paula discovered a passionate interest in the childbirth process. Her goal is to assist mothers and families to explore the many options available in childbirth and to take responsibility for their choices.

Ana Paula has been teaching a very fun and active childbirth preparation workshop in Los Angeles for the past nine years and has supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ana is also a doula trainer for DONA International and has been mentoring new doulas for the past six years. Ana Paula is honored to serve as Director of International Development for DONA International and to be on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness month.) In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a center in Los Angeles dedicated to the childbirth education field, doula training and green pregnancy retail. BINI offers a variety of classes for pregnant couples and new parents. BINI offers yoga, Hypnobirthing, breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers and Ana’s very popular workshops. BINI Birth is also the premiere doula referral service in Los Angeles. Ana Paula is passionate about connecting families of all backgrounds with their ideal birth support.

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