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Woman in labour. Woman in labour preparing to give birth. Machines measure her heartbeat, the foetus' heartbeat (black straps around her abdomen) and her blood pressure (cuff around arm). At this stage of labour the neck of the uterus (the cervix) is dilating due to uterine contractions to allow the baby to be born.
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