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.

I'm 37 Weeks Into My High-Risk Pregnancy During COVID-19: Here's What My Doctors Told Me

There's never a good time to carry a high-risk pregnancy, but being weeks away from delivery during a pandemic is one of the worst possible times. Luckily my doctors explained why I'll still be in good hands.
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Labor Without an Epidural: 4 Reasons You Might Have to Go Without Anesthesia

Even the best-laid plans can go awry, especially in the delivery room. If you've planned on getting an epidural, here are a few reasons it might not happen.
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What Back Labor is Really Like, From a Mom Who Had It

I had no idea that my baby's back-to-back position would cause such a slow and painful labor. It turns out, there are several things I could have done differently to make my back labor experience much more bearable.
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Orgasmic Birth Isn't a Myth, It's a Movement—Here's What It's About

Is it really possible to orgasm during birth? The connection between childbirth and sexual pleasure may be closer than we think, according to experts.
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How Long After Being Induced Do You Give Birth? Well, That Depends

If you've been scheduled for an induction, know that your experience will be just as unique as your pregnancy—no two are exactly alike. Here are all the factors that can affect when you'll give birth after being induced.
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More Labor & Delivery

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.
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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.
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Are C-Section Parties Really a Thing?

Wealthy women in Brazil are throwing elaborate celebrations around their elective C-sections. But here's why the trend likely won't be popping up in the U.S. anytime soon.