When the time comes, you’re unlikely to misinterpret the signals of labor, but if you’re unsure, contact your midwife or the doctor who’s overseeing your pregnancy. Every woman’s experience with childbirth will be unique, but the most common symptoms that you’re in labor are strong, regular contractions and a’show.’ A block of mucus forms in your cervix during pregnancy. A show occurs when the plug of mucus pulls away from the cervix, signaling that the cervix is beginning to open. Childbirth, often known as labor or delivery, is the process through which one or more babies exit the uterus via vaginal delivery or Caesarean section. In 2015, there were approximately 135 million births worldwide. Most births in the industrialized world take place in hospitals, but most births in the poor world take place at home with the assistance of a traditional birth attendant. A vaginal delivery is the most common method of childbirth. The first stage involves the shortening and opening of the cervix, the second stage involves the descent and birth of the baby, and the third stage involves the delivery of the placenta. The initial stage is characterized by crampy stomach or back pain that lasts about a half-minute and occurs every 10 to 30 minutes. Over time, the agony becomes more intense and closer together.