Labor and delivery is a predictable event, but many variables come into play. Obstetricians and Midwives are trained to recognise and intervene when the progress of labor veers from the expected pattern. The final point when the baby is about to be born is referred to as second stage of labor. It is usually a short period, lasting no longer than one to two hours, but Obstetricians may allow a longer interval depending on circumstances.
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Men’s health is in many ways linked to women’s health. While the life expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it's no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more, and they don't seek medical help as often as women.
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Blood group typing in pregnancy is important for various reasons. Standard blood groups are A, B, AB or O. Each group is additionally labelled either positive (+) or negative (-), which denotes what is called Rhesus factor. The Rhesus factor is a marker on the red blood cells, and majority of people have this factor and are labelled Rhesus positive. However, about one in every ten people are Rhesus negative.
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Almost all couples in advanced stages of tying the knot attend several sessions of pre-marital counselling. There are even pre-nuptial legal agreements tied to material possessions pre-dating the marriage for some. But how many engage in pre-marital health screening? This should be considered of equal importance to all other pre-marital rituals, and should never be missed.
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There are various reasons why couples may wish to conceive either a baby boy or a girl. Family balance or societal pressures are some of the reasons. Rarely, there may be a medical reason why a child of a particular sex is desired. But sex selection purely for social reasons has ethical and demographic dilemmas, and is medically illegal in many jurisdictions.
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