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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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.

Why We Need to Stop Talking About Giving Birth 'Naturally'

Here's a closer look at what people really mean when they use the term "natural birth," and why it's time to nix this phrase from the conversation around labor and delivery.

The Emotional Scars of C-Sections

For a significant number of moms, undergoing a C-section causes feelings of disappointment and shame. The reasons are complicated, but this much is clear: If you’ve felt that way, you’re not alone, and a little insight from the experts can help you move forward.

Cervix Dilation Chart: The Stages of Labor Explained in Pictures

During labor, your cervix will dilate to open up the birth canal. Visualize the process with our handy cervix dilation chart, which uses fruit for an easy-to-understand comparison.

Cervical Ripening: Can You Soften Your Cervix for Birth at Home?

Cervical dilation and effacement is necessary for a vaginal birth, but it doesn't always happen like it should. Here's how to encourage cervical ripening with natural at-home methods.

5 Signs Your Water is Breaking in the Third Trimester

What does it feel like when your water breaks, and what does it look like? The experience is different for every pregnant person, but these signs indicate that your amniotic sac has ruptured.

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Signs of Approaching Labor: How to Tell Your Baby is Coming Soon

Anxiously awaiting your baby’s arrival? Learn to recognize the first signs of labor approaching, which signal that your little one might make an appearance soon.

7 Exercises to Induce Labor You Can Do at Home

Certain movements can improve a pregnant person’s alignment and properly position the baby for delivery. Experts share how to do them safely and effectively.