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Woman in labour. Woman in labour being instructed by a midwife. Machines measure her heartbeat, and the foetus' heartbeat (black straps around her abdomen). 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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