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.

New Moms Describe What Labor Is Really Like

If you want to know what labor is really like, listen to what these new moms have to say about childbirth.

Choosing a Labor Position

The labor position you choose should be comfortable, and help you do your job with as much ease as possible. Try different positions to see what works for you.

Labor Signs

Learn a few common prelabor signs--it's almost time!

Labor & Delivery: Unplanned C-Section

Sometimes planned vaginal births can turn into unplanned c-sections. Find out the most common reason why this happens and what to expect.

Au Natural: Nine Ways to Manage Labor Without Drugs

From having a baby in water to using acupuncture, here are nine methods, philosophies, and professions to help you give birth on your own terms.

15 Labor & Delivery Support Tips Just for Dads

Dads, here's advice for you, from veteran moms and experts who know what really happens during labor--and how you can help.

Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)

Learn the risk factors for PROM and what to do if you suspect your membranes have ruptured.

10 Secrets to an Easier Labor

From exercise to water therapy, check out our guide to what helps--and what doesn't--on your big day.

Quiz: Will Your Partner Freak Out in the Delivery Room?

Sure, your partner is calm, cool, and collected now, but what are the odds he stays that way when you're in the delivery room? Take our quiz to find out!

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What No One Tells You About Labor

Here's the truth about labor -- what's normal, what's not, and what to expect.

Whoa! This Baby Delivers Himself in a 'Natural' C-Section

You have to see this baby boy wiggle his way out of his mom's womb in this amazing birth video.

The Stages of Labor and Birth in a Vaginal Delivery

Here's a simple rundown of what happens in a "typical" vaginal birth.

Labor & Delivery: Preterm Labor

Early labor happens anytime before 37 weeks. Learn about the signs and different ways your doctor might try to slow down the labor.

Labor & Delivery: Contractions

When it comes to contractions, not knowing what to expect can be scary. Learn more about when contractions occur and be prepared for when they do.

A Baby's View of Birth

Have you ever wondered what your infant will feel while you're in labor? Here's a close look at what babies experience during the birthing process.

Writing a Birth Plan

Map out your ideal childbirth experience.

6 Delivery-Day Jitters

Worrying about your labor and delivery is completely normal, but knowing what to expect may lessen your concerns. Here are answers to some common mom-to-be FAQs.

Epidural or Drug-Free Birth?

Deciding between natural birth vs. epidural? Here, the stories of two very different deliveries weigh the pros and cons of getting an epidural.

10 Secrets to Feeling Empowered During Labor and Delivery

A certified childbirth educator offers advice to help make your delivery less overwhelming.

How to Write a Birth Plan Checklist

Your delivery day is subject to last-minute change, but it's still good to feel prepared. Use this birth plan template to guide conversations with your docs and partners.

Preparing a Detailed Birth Plan

Educate yourself about your options for delivery day and create a birth plan with this handy checklist.

Will You Poop During Labor?!

No one wants to talk about it, but everyone wants to know if it'll happen. Here, the scoop on pooping during labor.

Quiz: Is an Ob-Gyn or Certified Nurse-Midwife Right for You?

While there are benefits to both obstetricians and certified nurse-midwives, it's important that you make your decision based on your personal needs and priorities. Take our quiz and find out if an obstetrician or certified nurse-midwife is the right choice for you.

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Most Luxurious Birthing Suites in the U.S.

Forget hospital food and roommates. When celebrities give birth, their 5-star accommodations include spa-style pampering, 24-hour concierge service, and more.

Labor & Delivery: Signs of Real vs. False Labor

It can be hard to know when those contractions are the real thing. Here are some tips to help you figure out whether you are actually in labor or whether you're experiencing false labor symptoms.