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Manual examination of the uterus through the wall of the abdomen.

The muscles which support the bladder and the uterus.

Period from before delivery until seven days after the birth.

The area between the opening of the vagina and the anus.

A drug given during labour for pain relief and relaxation.

Also known as "afterbirth", this is the fetus's life-support system which is attached to one side of the wall of the uterus and to the baby by means of the umbilical cord. All the fetus's nourishment passes from the mother through the placenta while the fetus's waste products pass out through it.

A baby born before the 37th week.

The position of the fetus in the uterus before and during the delivery.

A woman who is having her first baby.

A hormone which stimulates the onset of labour contractions.