Hint: there's nothing royal about this kind of crowning, but you certainly could call it a regal event!
"Crowning" refers to the time during birth when your baby's head begins to appear at the opening of your vagina and does not retract (go back in) after pushing with a contraction. Cue the song:
After a short break, we are back with our Hormones and Healthy Birth series! This week we're talking all about "second stage," more commonly known as "pushing." In the Lamaze "Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid Giving Birth on Your Back and Follow Your Body's Urges to Push," we learn that giving birth