Vaginal Birth

A vaginal birth is the \\\"natural\\\" way to deliver a baby. If you're considering a vaginal birth, check out our natural birth tips. Plus learn about what to expect from a vaginal birth, water birth, and more.

The Stages of Labor and Birth in a Vaginal Delivery

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

All About HypnoBirthing

Hypnosis is a natural way of coping with childbirth pain.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

What are the benefits and risks of having a VBAC?

Labor & Delivery: Unplanned C-Section

Sometimes planned vaginal births can turn into unplanned c-sections. Find out the most common reason why this happens and what to expect.

All About the Lamaze Method

Considering taking a Lamaze Method childbirth class? Check out the history and basic principles of this popular natural childbirth technique and find out if it might be right for you.

5 Myths About Water Births

Are water births easier? Will your baby drown during childbirth? Get the real facts about water births to decide if it's the right labor method for you.

Vaginal Tearing During Childbirth: What You Need to Know

Scared of getting a tear down there? Why perineal tearing happens--and what you can do about it.

Do's and Don'ts of Natural Childbirth

Birthing your child without drugs isn't easy, but it is possible. Follow these guidelines to up your chances of having a successful natural birth.

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.

All About Birth Crowning

Find out what birth crowning means and what to expect during this stage of labor.

Birth Customs Around the World

When it comes to having babies, every country has its customs.

Labor & Delivery: Epidurals

Many women choose to have an epidural to ease the pain of labor and delivery. Find out how an epidural works and if it could be part of your birth plan.

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.

Is A VBAC Right for You?

Find out if a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) could be an option for your next labor and delivery.

What Are the Dangers of Water Birth?

Any birth plan has potential complications. Learn the five common risks of water birth.

6 Tips for Getting the VBAC You Want

Planning for a vaginal birth after having a cesarean? Here's how to set yourself up for success.

Water Birth Hurts Less: Fact or Fiction

Does giving birth in water decrease or increase pain? We asked some moms to share their own water birth experiences.

Q&A: Do I Have to Have an Episiotomy?

Learn about episiotomies and why chances are good that you won't need one.

Labor & Delivery: Placenta

After Baby comes the placenta. Find out what to expect during the afterbirth and what happens to the placenta after it's delivered.

Using a Bathtub for a Water Birth

If you want to save money by not renting a water birth tub, here are reasons the tub in your bathroom might be a good alternative.

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.

Pregnancy Confidential Podcast Week 28: Natural Birth

Find out what's going on in week 28 of your pregnancy on this podcast episode of Pregnancy Confidential.

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.

Celebs Who Have Had Water Births

They may be in different tax brackets, but as US Weekly proclaims, "stars are just like us," even when it comes to birth. Like us, stars research and decide on the best birth plan for them, and sometimes that includes a water birth.