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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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Lamaze Method: Everything You Need to Know

Lamaze is a childbirth preparation method aimed at building confidence and teaching coping mechanisms for labor. Read more about the natural technique to decide whether it’s right for you.
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5 Little Things Partners Can Do in the Delivery Room That Make a Big Difference

There's a lot that goes down in the delivery room that the average expecting parent might not quite expect. I know that from experience as a dad. But I've learned the best thing any partner can do is fully support the person giving birth.
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More Labor & Delivery

How to Induce Labor at Home

Our experts weigh in on natural ways to induce labor and reveal which home remedies really work when it comes to speeding things up.
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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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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.