Learn to recognize the telltale signs that baby is coming.
A planner for a sane (and fun!) third trimester: your last hurrah list, smart maternity-leave strategies, and crucial conversations to have with your partner before Birth Day.
Get the nitty-gritty on how to avoid the epidural from moms who've been there and docs who help their parents do it daily.
Here's how you'll know -- our stage-by-stage guide to giving birth.
Get ready for the big day with four simple exercises.
You're making a list and checking it twice. This is a good time to tie up any loose ends at home and at work.
Learn a few common prelabor signs--it's almost time!
Few women who've done it would say that giving birth is easy. But preparing the way helps. Here are some last-minute tips to get ready for your big day.
Here's a simple rundown of what happens in a "typical" vaginal birth.
You may think you've got a stellar reason to schedule an induction, but delivering as close as you can to your actual due date is crucial to your baby's health (and your own).
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!Take Quiz
Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books? Depending on your decisions below you may find yourself dodging a c-section, getting a glorious epidural, or (crap!) delivering two weeks late. Start making some choices and see what kind of birth you end up with. The best part? Unlike in real life, you can start over, make a few different choices and get a totally different outcome.
Get expert tips for what to bring with you to the hospital on your delivery day.
On your delivery day, you and your partner will want to be as comfortable and prepared as possible. As you pack your own hospital bag, encourage your partner to put together some items of his own! Here's a good list with which to start.
Feeling fidgety? Learn how squatting births can ease contractions, lessen your chances of a C-section and get your newborn baby into your arms ASAP.
Rosie Pope shares a few key items you won't want to be without on delivery day.
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.
Learn why it's important to schedule a hospital tour, what you're likely to learn, and which questions you should be sure to ask.
On your delivery day, you want to max out your comfort levels. We've got a list of essentials for you, your labor partner, and your new baby, to make your day as stress - free as possible.
Stay sane on delivery day by preparing your hospital bag ahead of time. Here is our complete list of stuff you won't want to forget.
Confused about what you're supposed to do during labor? Here's the lowdown for first-time fathers.
Should you get an epidural or go drug free? To help you decide, read the story of two very different deliveries.
Educate yourself about your options for delivery day and create a birth plan with this handy checklist.
Find out what will happen if your baby is delivered by cesarean section.