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Labor and Delivery: What You Should Know About the Big Day


Summary & Participants

After nine months of doctor’s visits, large clothing, physical discomfort and joyous expectation, a mother finally reaches the last stages of pregnancy,labor and delivery. Join our panel of specialists as they take us step by step through the process of labor and delivery.
Michelle La Mothe, MD, MPH, MSc
Consultant: Professional Education, Public Health and Medical Communications

Steven Hockstein, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Adrienne Moore, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital

MICHELLE LAMOTHE, MD: Hello, and welcome to our web cast. I’m Dr. Michelle La Mothe. Childbirth depending on who you ask, it’s either the most wonderful or the most excruciating experience one can have. If you’re facing childbirth for the first time, you probably have lots of questions and concerns what happens exactly, how long does it take, what are the possible complications?

Well, joining me today are two experts to answer our questions. Let me introduce first Dr. Adrianne Moore, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cornell Medical College, New York Hospital, New York, and her colleague, Dr. Steven Hockstein, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cornell Medical College, New York Hospital, New York. Welcome. Thank you both for joining and talking with me about labor and delivery — childbirth.

MICHELLE LAMOTHE, MD: … generally. At what time of a gestation, or the length of time of a pregnancy, does an average woman give birth to an average baby? When can we anticipate that? Dr. Hockstein?

STEVEN HOCKSTEIN, MD: A woman’s due date is 40 weeks after her last menstrual period 280 days. And that is about the time most women deliver plus or minus a couple of weeks.

MICHELLE LAMOTHE, MD: Okay. So you have a window there of about a couple of weeks. Dr. Moore, what are the signs and stages of labor? - Pregnancy, Baby & Parenting information