Preparing for Labor

Preparing for labor means more than just packing your hospital bag. Learn how to know if labor has started, get help preparing for labor, and more.

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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.

8 Best Online Birthing and Parenting Classes for All Moms and Dads-to-Be

Even if you can't make it to an in-person class, these online childbirth and parenting classes will help you feel a little more prepared for welcoming your little one into the world.

8 Innovators Working for Real Changes to Maternal Health in America

Maternal mortality rates continue to soar across the nation, but these leaders and organizations are paving the way to improve access to quality care for our highest-risk mothers and families.

Pregnant and Nearing Your Due Date? Here's When to Pack Your Hospital Bag

Don't be caught off guard if baby comes early. Here's when to pack your hospital bag and 7 things not to forget to put in it.

What to Pack in Your C-Section Hospital Bag: A Checklist

Here's everything you need to bring to the hospital if your baby's arriving via scheduled Cesarean.

Labor Positions to Ease Pain (With Photos)

The standard hospital labor position—semi- or fully reclining—is not ideal. When you're lying on your back, your uterus compresses major blood vessels, potentially depriving the baby of oxygen and making you dizzy or queasy. Try one of these positions instead to ease your pain and discomfort during contractions.

More Preparing for Labor

Signs of Approaching Labor: How to Tell Your Baby is Coming Soon

Anxiously awaiting your baby’s arrival? Learn to recognize the first signs of labor approaching, which signal that your little one might make an appearance soon.

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.

7 'Natural Birth' Labor Tips From Moms Who Know

Turning down the epidural isn't for everyone, but if you want to try having a drug-free "natural birth," read on for a solid strategy from women who did it themselves.