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the shaping of the fetal head to the size and shape of the birth canal.
Shaping by means of a mold.
molding/mold·ing/ (mōld´ing) the adjusting of the shape and size of the fetal head to the birth canal during labor.
Etymology: ME, moulde, shaping
the natural process by which a baby's head is shaped during labor as it is squeezed into and through the birth passage by the forces of labor. The head often becomes quite elongated, and the bones of the skull may be caused to overlap slightly at the suture lines. The biparietal diameter of the head may be compressed as much as 0.5 cm without intracranial damage. Most of the changes caused by molding resolve themselves during the first few days of life. Compare caput succedaneum. See also cephalhematoma.
moldingObstetrics The changes that the fetus's skull–which has a rigid face and base and a mobile cranial vault–undergoes to slide through the birth canal
The shaping of a baby's head to facilitate passage down the birth canal. The molding disappears after birth.
Shaping with a mold.