Learn everything you need to know about labor and delivery!

Benefits of Having Family in the Delivery Room

Family is all about support and love and there is no better time to have tons of both than the time you spend in the delivery room. Discuss your feelings about immediate and extended family being part of the delivery with your partner early in the pregnancy. ... read more »

Changing the Birth Plan After Labor Starts

A birth plan can help guide the birthing process with basic instructions, wishes and expectations outlined for labor coaches, nurses and doctors. ... read more »

How To Deal With Delivery Room Guests

Guests in the delivery room are a topic couples should discuss well before labor begins. How many people do you want around during labor? Is there a difference for you between labor guests and guests who you want to experience the active pushing phase? ... read more »

Can I Use My Own Linens on the Bed?

There are few hospitals that refuse women the right to change the bed linens to a personal set during labor. However, the bed linens should fit the hospital bed snugly for safety reasons. ... read more »

Should Your Mom Be in the Delivery Room?

Before labor begins, you may have to deal with the idea that someone other than you and your partner want to attend the birth. Should your mom be in the delivery room or should this event be kept between you and your partner? Here are a few things to consider. ... read more »

Can Children Spend the Night in the Hospital?

The definition of the term children is important when answering this question. If your children are older and can take care of themselves (teens and older) the hospital may allow children to stay overnight in place of your partner. ... read more »

How Many People are Allowed in the Delivery Room?

The number of people allowed in the delivery room will vary by hospital. ... read more »

Experts Remain Divided on Safety of Home Births

Some people childbirth think an act so natural as giving birth can be accomplished safely at home, without medical intervention. ... read more »

Children in the Delivery Room

Having other children in the delivery room is an option some parents choose, however, parents need to be prepared for every possible scenario. ... read more »

Will I Know When My Water Breaks?

Chances are you will know when your water breaks because it will happen in the hospital. Some estimates claim that around 75% of women don't have the Hollywood experience of their water breaking in the middle of dinner with close friends. ... read more »

Do Hospitals Allow Alternative Birthing Choices?

Yes, some hospitals offer alternative birthing choices like water, chair, and squatting births. Other hospitals require women to lay down in a bed and push in a more traditional method. ... read more »

Doctors Group OKs Warm Water Soak During Labor, Not Delivery

A warm water soak in the early stages of labor are likely to prove beneficial to the mother but they find no evidence that giving birth underwater benefits either mother or baby. ... read more »

What Happens When Dad Doesn't Want to Attend the Delivery?

Not all men are created equal and not all men should be there when the baby is born. There are some very real reasons why a man would want to skip his baby's delivery but there are also some fake fears, if you will, born in the imagination thanks to Hollywood. ... read more »

Labor and Delivery: Natural Delivery

Natural birthing techniques are non-invasive procedures that help women accept pain while in labor. ... read more »

Childbirth: Hypnobirthing

The majority of women hold some sort of fear about the birthing process. That fear can lead to stress and stress leads to tension. Hypnobirthing may help relieve some of the stress and tension. ... read more »

Can My Labor be Photographed or Filmed?

Filming or photographing the birth of your child is an extremely personal choice, but not all hospitals, birthing centers or obstetricians allow YOU to make that choice. ... read more »

Your Dad in the Delivery Room - What to Consider

However, some dads are excited by the idea of experiencing the birthing experience with their daughters. Before saying yes or no, think about all aspects of the birthing process and how you truly feel about dad being there. ... read more »

How Do I Know: True Labor vs False Labor

As the end of your pregnancy approaches, you will notice contractions from time to time. These contractions are often referred to as Braxton Hicks or practice contractions. ... read more »

Cervical Changes in Labor

The cervix is the gateway to baby. During pregnancy, a plug covering the cervix works like a cork holding the umbilical sac and fetus in place in the uterus. As labor approaches, hormonal changes cause the plug to release starting the beginning stages of labor. ... read more »

Does the Hospital Offer Breastfeeding Classes?

Most hospitals offer breastfeeding classes and consultations at the time of birth for mothers interested in learning about breastfeeding methods. Classes are typically held before birth, but a lactation consultant may be available to talk with you after birth. ... read more »

Choosing the Best Labor Coach

All 40 weeks of pregnancy boils down to one moment ' labor. A laborcoach is someone who's there to keep mom on track, get dad's head out of the clouds and even help keep family members informed and appeasedduring the birthing process. ... read more »

Is it Okay to Have Siblings in the Delivery Room?

If you're talking about your brother and sister or your partner's brother and sister, discuss relationships and personal space and make that decision as a couple. ... read more »

What Is Labor Induction?

Pregnancies don’t always go as planned. There are instances when it is necessary to expedite the birthing process, and it is often done via labor induction. ... read more »

How Do You Know You Are In Labor - Early Labor Symptoms and Signs

As the pregnancy comes to an end, there are early labor symptoms and signs that mom will need to look for in order to recognize the beginning of labor. ... read more »

The Bishop Score - Assessing Success of Induction

Doing the 'Bishop score' will help determine your chances of having a vaginal delivery. ... read more »

Can An Orgasm Induce Labor?

The topic of orgasm during pregnancy is actually quite controversial and in the past, it was thought that orgasms could trigger preterm labor. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Around The Baby's Neck

It's usually not until the delivery of a healthy baby that the diagnosis of an umbilical cord wrapped around the baby's neck is made; most of the time nobody knew about it before the delivery. ... read more »

Interventions on Labor & Delivery

Most of the time labor and delivery goes smoothly, but sometimes interventions are necessary to ensure the safety of mother and baby. ... read more »

Who Will Be Involved In My Care on Labor & Delivery?

This blog post will attempt to explain the various caregivers that may be participating in your labor and delivery and explain what their role will be in making your baby’s birthday as safe and memorable as possible. ... read more »

Labor And Delivery: Calculators, Timers, And Tools

The Big Day The nine long months of pregnancy all come down to one momentous event: the day you go into labor! You will soon meet that little bundle you have been growing and protecting all this time, and while it is so incredibly exciting, the thought of labor can also be a little intimidating. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery and Birth

A vaginal birth remains the number one method for baby delivery, though in many countries cesarean section rates are approaching or even exceeding 50% of deliveries. ... read more »

Premature Labor - Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of premature labor ... read more »

Premature Labor - Risk Factors

The following are risk factors for increased risk of premature labor and premature births. ... read more »

The Funniest Moments I've Seen In Labor & Delivery

Labor & Delivery offers no shortage of moments that run the full spectrum of emotions. ... read more »

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