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Childbirth (also called labour, birth, partus or parturition) is the culmination of a human pregnancy with the emergence of a newborn infant from its mother's uterus.

A woman is considered to be in labour when she begins experiencing regular, strong uterine contractions, accompanied by changes of her cervix; primarily effacement and dilation.

While childbirth is widely experienced as painful, some women do report painless labours.

When the baby is born its birth weight is determined.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Childbirth", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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