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birth canal

[′bərth kə′nal]
(anatomy)
The channel in mammals through which the fetus is expelled during parturition; consists of the cervix, vagina, and vulva.
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So there's no reason to suspect widening the birth canal to accommodate a bigger baby would be a problem," Dunsworth says.
Instead of offering the gentle interventions such as those described above, obstetricians began developing crude tools to facilitate birth, such as the basiotribe, used to crush the fetal skull and knives used to perform techniques such as the symphyseotomy, a procedure that cuts through the pubic symphosis in order to widen the birth canal.
Your midwife will ask you to pant and not push as this will allow the birth canal to stretch to let the baby pass.
After two hours in the birth canal she wasn't coming and the doctor arrived with forceps.
It is a hole between the birth canal and one or more of a woman's internal organs, usually the bladder and/or the rectum.
In a courtroom exchange straight out of ``Law & Order,'' we learn about what partial-birth abortion entails (partially delivering a baby, feet first, then, while her head remains in the birth canal, puncturing her skull and suctioning out her brain), and we're invited to consider the effects of all abortion on mother and child alike.
The hearing in Liverpool yesterday was told the child's head became jammed in the birth canal and a decision was taken to perform the operation on August 2, 2001.
Repercussions from trauma sustained while exiting the birth canal or through the use of forceps can be accurately assessed by careful palpation of reflex centers and observation of
As Haskell described it, the procedure involved moving a fetus to the birth canal, depressing its skull, and then removing the entire body from the patient.
Implicated infection sources include incubators, the birth canal, a blender in a milk kitchen where powdered infant formula was reconstituted and hospital environments (E.
The labia majora could be represented by the outer stone circle, and possibly the outer mound; the labia minora by the inner circle of trilithons; the clitoris by the altar stone (which probably stood vertical), while the empty geometric center of the henge would be the birth canal," said Anthony Perks, Ph.
A Caesarean may be necessary when the placenta lies so low in the uterus that it covers the birth canal or the baby's health is threatened due to lack of oxygen.