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    Stages of Labor: What to Expect Step-by-Step

    Last updated 1 day 3 hours ago

    It’s perfectly normal to be eager, yet nervous, about the birth of your baby. You can calm your nerves and prepare for the big day by visiting your local hospital’s women’s health services department and taking advantage of educational classes. During these classes, women’s healthcare experts will help you learn what to expect during labor and childbirth, such as the three stages of labor.

    First Stage

    Often, women can detect some signs a few days or a couple of weeks before labor commences. For example, the baby will drop lower into your pelvis and the mucus plug, which filled the opening of the cervix, may fall out of your body. As a women’s healthcare specialist can tell you, once the uterus contracts and the cervix dilates, the first stage of labor has begun. At first, the contractions will be spaced further apart. As the first stage gives way to the second stage of labor, you’ll have contractions about every five minutes that will  last about 40 to 60 seconds. For some women, the amniotic sac will break before labor or during the first stage of labor. This is known as water “breaking.”

    Second Stage

    During labor, a woman’s healthcare specialist will check your cervix for dilation. Once your cervix is fully dilated to 10 centimeters, you’ve reached the second stage of labor. During this stage, the contractions will be spaced two to three minutes apart. They will be stronger and more intense, and you’ll feel the urge to push. The second stage of labor is complete when your baby is born.

    Third Stage

    The third stage occurs immediately following delivery. Within about half an hour of the birth, the placenta will be delivered. The uterus will contract again to expel this material. These contractions are much milder than previous contractions. The third stage of labor is complete upon delivery of the placenta.

    The Women and Children’s Services at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is committed to providing exceptional support and patient education,  infant care classes, Lamaze and coaching. Our hospital has the only Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in St. Lucie County, the only Pediatric ER and a child-friendly pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Expectant parents are welcome to learn more about our children’s and women’s healthcare services by calling (772) 828-2486.

    Spotlight on the Services of Our Behavioral Health Access Team

    Last updated 4 days ago

    At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, you’ll find a caring team of behavioral health specialists who will listen closely to your concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan to improve your psychological health. Our Access Team is available 24/7 to respond to your concerns. If you or a loved one are experiencing a behavioral health or substance abuse challenge, you can visit our emergency department for a free assessment by our Access Team. You can also call our crisis phone lines for immediate assistance.

    There are many psychological health issues that prompt individuals to seek help from our Access Team. Many people come to us because they’re struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide. Other people meet with our Access Team because they’re very anxious or fearful, or because they’ve been experiencing social withdrawal, hallucinations, episodes of anger, violence, or confusion. Mental illness can even affect your physical health, causing symptoms such as dizziness, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, and changes in eating and sleeping habits. If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms, meet with a caring member of our Access Team without delay.

    The behavioral health specialists at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center are dedicated to providing high-quality care to improve the wellness of our neighbors in the Fort Pierce community. If you have any general questions about psychological health or our services, please call (772) 828-2486.

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    Surprising News About Kids' Heart Health

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Contrary to popular belief, children and teens are susceptible to heart trouble often associated with older adults. Evidence has shown that individuals often begin to accumulate fatty plaques in the arteries during childhood, which worsens over time and can contribute to coronary artery disease (CAD) later in life.

    Learn more about kids’ heart health by watching this public service announcement. You’ll learn of a study that reveals an alarming statistic about cardiovascular problems in children as young as 12 to 15 years of age. You’ll also hear about two important steps to take to encourage heart health in your kids.

    Childrens Services at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare services, including our state-of-the-art  Level III NICU, Pediatric ER and PICU. Families in the Fort Pierce community are invited to learn more about our children’s services by calling (772) 828-2486.


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials does not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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