Labor & Delivery

During pregnancy, your health care provider, friends and family have been to trying to mentally prepare you for child birth. In this section, you’ll learn about the ‘other’ things they might have left out, such as braxton hicks contractions. You’ll also learn why and why not doctor’s induce labor, the risks involved and methods to do it. Also learn about the different ways to give birth, how to relieve the pain and much more.

  • Birth Plan >

    When it comes to the birth of your baby, it’s really important to plan beforehand. This could be the most stressful time in your life, so it’s probably best if you consider specific things about the birth before you actually go into labor. A birth plan is a simple, clear statement that your healthcare provider, […]

  • Birthing Centers >

    Birthing centers are non-hospital facilities that provide family-orientated prenatal care for women who meet certain criteria. Birthing centers look more like homes than hospitals, and many include kitchens, showers, birth tubs or Jacuzzis, living rooms, and bathrooms. Women are free to roam, bring food and cook it, and do whatever they please while in labor. […]

  • Braxton Hicks Contractions >

    Also known as ‘false labor’ Braxton Hicks contractions can be annoying at times for expectant mothers who are anxious to give birth. Learn what causes them, how to deal with them, and how to tell the difference between false labor and true labor.

  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding >

    Breastfeeding and formula feeding may be necessary for different reasons. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each.

  • Delivery Positions >

    Many moms give birth vaginally, but did you know there are many other ways to deliver that baby? C-sections are just the beginning. Learn more about the various delivery positions, their benefits and drawbacks.

  • Epidural >

    The term epidural refers to a method of pain management that involves injecting drugs through a catheter inserted into the epidural space in the spinal canal. This injection causes a general loss of physical sensation—especially pain—by blocking transmission of signals through the spinal cord. Epidural is most commonly administered during childbirth, although it is also […]

  • Episiotomy >

    Episiotomy (pronounced, uh-peez-ee-OT-oh-mee) is a procedure in which an incision is made in the vaginal wall and perineum (the space between the anus and the vaginal opening). This is done to widen the vaginal opening in order to try to prevent injury to the vagina and perineum, and to make a difficult childbirth easier. While […]

  • Inducing Labor >

    Inducing labor is usually a last resort and many doctors will hold off on inducing labor unless it is necessary. Find out why a doctor may or may not elect to induce labor, plus learn about the different ways labor can be induced.

  • Pain Management During Childbirth >

    The Miracle of Childbirth—every woman dreads it and every man thanks his lucky stars that he’ll never have to face it. While some women forgo painkillers in order to embrace “natural” childbirth options, many others elect to minimize the pain. There are many ways this can be accomplished, and your doctor will help you decide […]

  • Stages of Labor >

    Learn more about the three stages of labor, including average durations of each stage, what to expect, ways to cope and much more.

[Page updated June 2014]