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Childbirth, also known as labor and delivery, is the completion of pregnancy, the achievement of months of development by bringing new life into the world.The natural process of childbirth is divided into three stages. The first stage, labor, is further divided into two phases, early labor and active labor.

Stage 1. Labor
A.) Early labor is when the cervix dilates as it softens, thins, and opens to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal. This phase can last from hours to days, but is usually shorter with subsequent deliveries. Your water may break.
B.) Active labor is when the contractions become stronger, and the cervix dilates from 6 centimeters to about 10 centimeters. This phase may last for about 4 to 8 hours. If not broken already, your water will break.

Stage 2: Birth of the Baby (see video)
You will experience the urge to push. Pushing too hard, too soon, may tear vaginal tissues and pelvic ligaments. As the baby goes through the pelvic outlet, the sacroiliac joints and symphysis pubis will nutate to allow for maximal opening of the pelvic outlet. As part of the process, the sacral apex may be pushed backward by the baby, which may further stretch and stress the nutation restricting sacroiliac ligaments.

Stage 3: Delivery of the placenta
During the final stage of nutation, the placenta will be pushed through the pelvic outlet.

Soon after delivery, the stressed ligaments will cause the counternutation muscles to contract to help reduce the pelvic outlet and support the pelvic floor. Reciprocating unilateral nutation/counternutation will resume.

Placing the Serola Sacroiliac Belt in the correct position, with the correct amount of tension, helps normalize motion. Acting as an external ligament, the Serola Belt restricts excess nutation, reduces stress to the ligaments, allows the muscles to return to a healthy balance, and helps to reduce pain. Walking and other activities of daily living will be easier to manage.

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