101 Questions about Reproduction: Or How 1 + 1 = 3 or 4 or by Faith Hickman Brynie

By Faith Hickman Brynie

Makes use of a question-and-answer structure to give information regarding actual, clinical, and social matters surrounding human replica, together with contraception, being pregnant, and childbirth.

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Leah Albers at the University of New Mexico studied first births in more than 2,500 women. None of them used pain-relieving drugs or injections of oxytocin to speed up labor. She timed active labor and delivery times (not prelabor). For first births, the active stage averaged nearly 8 hours, but could take as long as 18 hours. 17 How Long Does Labor Last? What Is a Cesarean Delivery, and Why Is It Done? A cesarean is the birth of a baby by surgical (rather than vaginal) delivery. ). Roman law required the surgical delivery of fetuses from mothers who were dead or dying.

It may play a role in getting nutrients to the embryonic disc. The allantois grows out from the yolk sac. It is one of several sites of early blood formation. It eventually disappears inside the embryo, forming part of the umbilical cord. The amnion initially surrounds the embryo. It later becomes filled with clear fluid. The fluid provides cushioning, allows for movement, helps the lungs develop, stabilizes temperature, and provides a barrier against infection. The chorion surrounds the amnion and eventually fuses with it.

In the weeks to come, the inner layer, or endoderm, will become the embryo’s digestive, respiratory, and excretory systems. The outermost cells, the ectoderm, will become the skin and nervous system. Four membranes now surround the embryo. They are the yolk sac, allantois, amnion, and chorion. Despite its name, the yolk sac • 39 • chorionic villi amniotic cavity chorion allantois amnion yolk sac The embryo at four weeks. Notice the membranes and the chorionic villi. c­ ontains no yolk, only fluid.

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