Dr. Cheryl Serr
Cheryl Wiley, FNP

Care for You and Your Growing Miracle

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Answers To Your Questions About Labor

When will I go into labor?
There is no predicting when you will go into labor. As a general rule, if it is your first baby you are more likely to make it to your due date (or past it), and if you have had a baby before, you are more likely to deliver before your due date.
How big will my baby be
What actually happens in labor? What is effacement and dilation?
When do you check to see if I am dilated?
What does it mean when my baby has dropped?
What is a mucous plug and what does it mean if I pass one?
What do contractions feel like?
What are Braxton-Hicks contractions and what does it mean if I do (or don't) have them?
Is there anything I can do to make myself go into labor?
What does it mean when my membranes are stripped?
When I am I term (vs pre-term) if I go into labor?
How will I know - and what do I do - when I go into labor?
How will I know - and what do I do - when my bag of waters breaks?
Who do I call when I go into labor? Where do I go when I am in labor?
What do I bring to the hospital?
How long will my labor take?
How long will I push?
What can I do about for pain in labor?
Is an epidural safe? Will it slow my labor?
Will I need an episiotomy? Will I tear? Will the nurse massage / stretch my perineum?
Why would I need a c-section?
What happens if I go past my due date? How do you do a labor induction?
What happens if my labor is taking too long?
What is pitocin?
What does it mean if I am GBS (Group B strep) positive?
What should I expect after I go home?