Just as you feel you are in control and are sure of where you are headed in labor, you’ll come to transition. It is in this phase that the cervix begins to fully open, reaching 8 -10 centimeters. Transition is often noted to be the most difficult experience in labor. Momma’s labor may seem unbearable in transition. Many mommas may feel like giving up at this point, which is coincidentally the point at which most mommas are closest to meeting their babies.

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