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How to Make Labor Easier

Creating a birth plan can help organize your thoughts about your big day -- and make everything run a little more like clockwork.
pregnant woman with doctor Create a Birth Plan

It can be tough to convey your thoughts about how you'd like your birth to go, such as what level of intervention you expect and how much painkiller you want, when you're panting through contractions. That's why it's a good idea to write down a birth plan and present it in advance to your midwife or doctor. Just know that once labor begins, you may not be able to follow your wish list exactly.