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Woman in labour. Full-term pregnant woman lying in a hospital bed being comforted by her partner and midwife during early labour (childbirth). Labour involves painful, rhythmic contractions of the muscular wall of the uterus. These become stronger and more frequent as labour progresses. First the contractions dilate the cervix, the neck of the uterus, before they push the baby out of the body.
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