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Childbirth and the Neonatal Period - Chapter Summary
As you study the reproductive processes of the human body, you'll discover everything that happens during childbirth as well as what to expect during the neonatal period. Lessons in this chapter take you step-by-step through the role of hormones, delivery methodologies, medical concerns, and the early life of newborns. All of our study materials, including this chapter, can be accessed online, so you'll never have to make an appointment to study. As long as you have a device that can go online, you can study about this topic whenever it fits into your schedule. Some of the study materials we offer include video lessons, text-based lessons, flashcards, and quizzes. By opening up the learning resources for this chapter, you'll learn about the following:
- What hormones are released during labor and delivery
- How medicated, natural, and C-section delivery methods work
- What complications can arise from premature births
- What happens during the dilation, expulsion, and placental labor stages
- What some of the physical and cultural concerns associated with childbirth are
- Why a newborn's first month and the neonatal period are critical for development
- How to evaluate the neonatal environment
- How to identify newborn reflexes
- What difficulties and symptoms are associated with multiple births
1. Childbirth: The Role of Hormones in Labor and Delivery
How does a mother's body know when it is time to give birth? How does the labor process begin and end? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson on the hormones involved in childbirth.
2. Childbirth Methods: Natural Delivery, Medicated Delivery & C-Section
Birth is one of the first major developmental milestones, but there are many different ways to give birth. In this lesson, we'll look at three popular methods of childbirth: natural childbirth, medicated childbirth, and C-sections.
3. Premature Births and Associated Complications
What classifies a baby as premature? If they are born premature, how likely is it that they will survive? Learn about this and more in this lesson on the risks and complications of premature birth.
4. The Three Stages of Labor: Dilation, Expulsion & Placental
You may think of the process of labor and childbirth as one long event, but it is actually divided into different stages. Learn about each of the three stages of labor in this lesson.
5. Childbirth Issues: Cultural Differences, Low Birth Weight & Injuries
Childbirth represents one of the first key moments in human development, but there are always challenges that arise with childbirth. In this lesson, we'll look at some common issues surrounding childbirth.
6. The Neonatal Period: Changes During the First Month of Life
Development of our internal systems doesn't stop with birth. Learn about some of the main changes that occur during a newborn infant's first month of life in this lesson on the neonatal period.
7. The Neonatal Environment: Definition & Assessment
How do medical professionals make sure that a baby is healthy at the beginning of his or her life? In this lesson, we'll examine two common assessments given to measure physical and behavioral health: the APGAR Assessment and the Brazelton Scale.
8. Identifying the Reflexes of Newborns
Reflexes allow babies to survive the first few years of life. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the major reflexes of infants, including those that indicate a healthy nervous system response and those designed to help a baby feed itself.
9. Multiple Births: Symptoms, Difficulties & Types
While the thought of twins or triplets may be exciting or intriguing, have you ever considered the difficulties that are involved in the birthing of multiple babies? Learn about the different types of twins and some of the complications that come along with being pregnant with twins, triplets, and other sets of multiple births.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 107: Life Span Developmental Psychology course
- Intro to Human Development
- Research Methods for Human Development
- Foundations of Human Development
- Genetic Influences in Human Development
- Overview of Prenatal Development
- Human Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Early Childhood Physical and Cognitive Development
- Early Childhood Psychosocial Development
- Human Development in Middle Childhood
- Adolescent Physical and Sexual Development
- Adolescent Psychosocial Development
- Early Adulthood Physical and Cognitive Development
- Early Adulthood Psychosocial Development
- Middle Adulthood Physical and Cognitive Development
- Middle Adulthood Psychosocial Development
- Late Adulthood Physical Development
- Late Adulthood Psychosocial and Cognitive Development
- Stages and Psychological Impact of Death and Dying
- Studying for Psychology 107