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.

Signs of Approaching Labor

Learn to recognize the telltale signs that baby is coming.

25 Things to Do Before You Deliver

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.

How to Prepare for Natural Childbirth

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.

Am I in Labor?: Our Stage-by-Stage Guide to Giving Birth

Here's how you'll know -- our stage-by-stage guide to giving birth.

Exercises to Help You Prepare for Childbirth

Get ready for the big day with four simple exercises.

Checklist: Practical Ways to Prepare for Labor

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.

Labor Signs

Learn a few common prelabor signs--it's almost time!

Your Preparing for Baby Checklist

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.

The Stages of Labor and Birth in a Vaginal Delivery

Here's a simple rundown of what happens in a "typical" vaginal birth.

8 Reasons to Wait it Out Until Your Due Date

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).

Quiz: Will Your Partner Freak Out in the Delivery Room?

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!

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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.

Packing Your Hospital Bag

Get expert tips for what to bring with you to the hospital on your delivery day.

Your Partner's Hospital Bag: What to Pack

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.

Ins and Outs of Squatting Births

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.

Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital

Rosie Pope shares a few key items you won't want to be without on delivery day.

Labor & Delivery: Signs of Real vs. False Labor

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.

Touring the Hospital Before You Deliver

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.

How to Pack Your Hospital Bag

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.

The Ultimate Hospital Packing List

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.

Epidural or Drug-Free Birth?

Deciding between natural birth vs. epidural? Here, the stories of two very different deliveries weigh the pros and cons of getting an epidural.

Preparing a Detailed Birth Plan

Educate yourself about your options for delivery day and create a birth plan with this handy checklist.

All About C-Sections: Before, During, and After

Find out what will happen if your baby is delivered by cesarean section.

Health 101: Inducing Labor

Find out what induction is, the medical and nonmedical reasons for inducing labor, and the potential risks that inducing labor carries for pregnant women and their babies.