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birth canal

n.
The passageway through which the fetus is expelled during parturition, leading from the uterus through the cervix and the vagina.
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birth′ canal`


n.
the passage through which the young of mammals pass during birth, formed by the cervix, vagina, and vulva.
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Noun1.birth canal - a passage in the uterus and vagina through which a fetus passes during vaginal birthbirth canal - a passage in the uterus and vagina through which a fetus passes during vaginal birth
passageway, passage - a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages"
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Speaking to Gulf News, Dr Sausan AbdulRahman, the attending obstetrician from Burjeel Hospital explained: "Water birthing is very easy on the baby who is already surrounded by amniotic fluid in the mother's womb and smoothly transitions from the birth canal into the warm water.
It also takes away the benefits of a natural birth, which enables newborns to receive a dose of good bacteria that's believed to boost their immune system when they travel through the birth canal, and enables a mother and her baby to have physical contact earlier and breastfeeding to begin sooner, he added.
According to the World Health Organization, obstetric fistula is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged obstructed labour without treatment.
Lastly, what do we call the fetus when only the head remains in the birth canal in the procedure called a partial-birth abortion?
They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming.
She had a condition called a uterine torsion - the womb was twisted, causing a blockage to the birth canal. It took a long time to reposition the calf, then it was born.
During the first stage, contractions will start, and the calf will begin moving into position in the birth canal. Its legs, which have been folded up in utero, will extend into the birth canal, and it will assume the "diving" position of a normal birth (front hooves and face first).
Today, more and more women are opting for C-section deliveries, and though the reasons vary from one woman to another as many have expressed fear of unbearable labour pains, birth canal getting out of shape, as well as other social and cosmetic reasons.
He explained that one of the most serious injuries of childbirth, obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged, obstructed labour due to the lack of timely and adequate medical care.
The baby's mouth, eyes, nose and lips are exposed to its mother's vaginal and fecal bacteria as it passes through the birth canal.
She said: "The baby needs to move through the birth canal, so when mom is moving, she is assisting her baby to move through the birth canal structures as well".