Labor & Delivery

The entire process of labor and delivery can go quickly or it can be excruciatingly slow. Here you'll learn what to expect and how to prepare for labor and the delivery of your baby.

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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!)
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.
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.
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.
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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.

American Birth Story: The Changing Face of Birth in America

There’s no denying that we are in the midst of a maternal health crisis in this country that started well before the current pandemic. Parents.com investigates how we got here, and what can be done to empower the thousands of expecting mothers heading into the delivery room.