Giving Birth

The moment you've been waiting for is almost here: the birth of your baby! Here you'll learn about labor and delivery, including signs of labor, when to go to the hospital, how to manage the pain of labor, what involved with an epidural, birthing methods, and much more.

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Doula vs. Midwife: These Are the Differences and How to Choose
The titles are often used interchangeably, but doulas and midwives occupy very different roles. Here's which option is best for you (hint: It might be both!)
Mom Delivers Baby No. 3 in a Car on the Side of the Highway in Dramatic Viral Video
An Ontario couple behind the YouTube channel, The Campbell Cloud, documented the dramatic birth of their daughter.
How to Check If Your Cervix Is Dilated—Without an Exam
At the end of your pregnancy and eager to meet baby? We feel you. It's best to leave cervical exams to the professionals, but with a doctor or midwife's approval, here's how to check cervix dilation at home.
57-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to Baby Boy, 5 Years After Losing Teen Daughter: We 'Beat the Odds'
Barbara Higgins and Kenny Banzhoff's 13-year-old daughter Molly died suddenly in 2016 due to an undiagnosed brain tumor.
For Black Moms, Childbirth is More Dangerous and More Expensive—But Solutions Exist
Maternal mortality rates in the United States are tragic. And when those pregnant people are Black? The death rate triples—and the costs skyrocket.
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My Doctor Said I Needed a C-Section for My Breech Baby: A Second Opinion Got Me the Birth I Wanted
When I found out my baby was breech at 37 weeks, one OB-GYN presented a C-section as an inevitability. I decided to switch doctors. While you can't always get what you want in the delivery room, an understanding doctor with specialized training helped shift the birth I was able to have.
This Is What It's Like to Have a Baby on Medicaid, According to Women Who Have Been There
Amidst the pandemic, more women are delivering on state-funded insurance. And while your insurance shouldn't dictate the type of care you get, experts say that sometimes it does. Here, what to expect from having a baby on Medicaid and how to advocate for the best prenatal care possible.

The Maternal Mortality Crisis is Understandably Putting Black Millennials Off Children—We Need to Fix That

Statistics show millennials aren't having kids, often because of financial reasons. But for Black millennials that's only a small part of why they're having second thoughts about starting a family.