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Labor is typically divided into three stages. This first stage of labor is further divided into three phases: early labor, active labor, and transition.
The second stage of labor is the pushing phase. Women who have not received any pain medication during birth often describe an irresistible desire to push and a strong burning sensation as the baby’s head stretches the vaginal opening. You’ll feel some relief when the baby’s head exits your body; the rest of the baby’s body soon follows.
Contractions continue during the third stage of labor, which lasts from the baby’s birth until the delivery of the placenta.
Your experienced Dominican birthing team will support you at every stage of labor and delivery. Pain relief options commonly used during natural childbirth include distraction, water therapy, massage, controlled breathing techniques, and relaxation techniques.