Key Points

  • Period of time in Labor where your cervix is finishing opening (last 2 cm), FINAL STAGE
  • Usually the shortest, most intense, stage of labor.
  • Contractions within 2-3 min, double-peaked contractions, contractions lasting 1.5-2 minutes, finalizing the opening of the cervix.
  • Often, mood will transition to "I'm done with labor"
  • Very intense part of labor, might be a good time to ask for check of dilation. Confirmation of this can be nice to know.

Dad/Partner Tips

  • Very normal for people in transition to experience the desire to give up.
  • Good time to be close, provide continuous support and give encouragement.