Labor Support

Having someone you trust by your side during labor and delivery can provide comfort and ease the birth process. Here you'll learn about labor support, how to find it, and what support methods might be right for you.

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.

Choosing Your Labor Support

Choosing who will stay with you throughout your childbirth experience is a big deal. Learn how to make the right decision.

Secrets of Labor Room Nurses

These experts share their tips to help you get the birth you want.

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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Which Birth Professional Is Right for You?

How to choose a birth facilitator who will meet your needs.

Changing Your OB-GYN

Is it time for you to consider switching obstetricians?

Birth Stories: Natural Labor

Sarah had an epidural for her first child, but she decided to give birth naturally by having an unmedicated childbirth the second time. Learn more about her story and how the two experiences compared.

Health Update: How Friends May Make Labor Easier

New research shows that women who have a female pal keep them company in the delivery room have easier births and adjust better to motherhood than those who don't.

A Day in the Life of an Ob-Gyn

Child magazine takes a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of delivering babies.

Birth Stories: Natural Pain Relief

For her second delivery, Christine decided to use various methods of natural pain relief instead of an epidural. Get her tips on how to give birth drug-free.

Birth Stories: Unmedicated Childbirth

Regina was five days past her due date, but she was determined to have her baby naturally. She shares what she did to avoid being induced and make her birth plan become a reality.

Essential Questions for Your Obstetrician or Midwife

Questions to ask your doctor or midwife.

Practicing for Labor

You're about eight weeks away -- time to start practicing for delivery!

Can I Avoid Another C-Section?

Want to have a vaginal birth this time around? Here's what you need to know.

This Mom Wore a Chewbacca Mask During Labor and the Result is Painfully Hilarious

This brilliant mom donned an electronic Chewbacca mask during labor to turn her moans of pain into Chewy-like roars.

Audrina Patridge Shares the Ingenious Trick She Used to Overcome Her C-section Fears

Reality star Audrina Patridge offers an awesome suggestion for dealing with delivery room drama. #Genius!

Quiz: Who Should Be in the Delivery Room With You?

Who should be by your side while you're pushing, screaming, and joyfully welcoming your baby to the world? The dad-to-be? A doula? Your best friend? Take this quiz to find out.

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Cesarean Sections

Find out everything you need to know about cesarean deliveries, from why you might need to plan a C-section in advance to how the operation is performed.

Forceps and Vacuum Extraction

Don't worry if your doctor has to use forceps or vacuum extraction during labor -- both are very common.

Developing a Good Doctor-Patient Relationship

Honest communication and realistic expectations are the keys to a warm working relationship.

What Dads Need to Know About Doulas

A doula can help support your partner during your birth and make your baby's arrival a beautiful, memorable experience for the whole family.

Is There an Ob-Gyn Crisis?

In some states, there aren't enough doctors to go around.

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.

The Ob-Gyn Shortage

Skyrocketing insurance premiums are forcing thousands of ob-gyns out of the baby business. And your doctor could be the next to go.

This Couple Danced Their Way to Delivery!

At the advice of their birth coach, this couple danced the Bachata to get their baby to drop.

Woman Evacuates During California Wildfires...While in Labor

Talk about a dramatic birth story! This woman was in labor when California wildfires forced her to evacuate the hospital.