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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Do Babies Poop in the Womb?

Anywhere from 12 to 20 percent of babies poop in the womb. While it’s not usually cause for concern, infants can sometimes inhale poop-stained amniotic fluid, leading to meconium aspiration syndrome. Here’s what parents need to know.

What to Do If You Go Into Labor During a Hurricane

Whipping winds, pounding rain, a blackout and a hospital evacuation— here's how one brave mom weathered a storm of historic proportions to welcome her little bundle.

Powerful Post Pays Tribute to Labor & Delivery Nurses

In many cases, birth wouldn't be possible without L&D nurses, and this post serves as a much-needed reminder of that fact.

What Back Labor is Really Like

Back labor is characterized by contractions in your lower back, just above the tailbone. Learn more about why it happens and how to relieve back labor pain.

How to Time Your Contractions

Timing is everything when it comes to labor, but do you know how to track contractions correctly? Here’s how to monitor contraction spacing and duration, which lets you know when to head to the hospital.

What Labor Contractions Feel Like From Start to Birth

What do contractions feel like? Experts explain the causes of contraction pain and what to expect throughout labor.

More Labor & Delivery

8 Unmedicated Birthing Options for a Drug-Free Labor

Do you want a low-intervention or drug-free birthing experience? These methods and philosophies can help you achieve your “natural birth” goal.

One Mother’s ‘Natural’ Unmedicated Birth Story

Find out how a real-life mother managed to get through labor and delivery without any pain medication.

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.