LABOR & DELIVERY

Labor and Delivery explains the signs and symptoms of labor and the process of childbirth. Topics include childbirth medications, the stages of the labor process and c-sections.
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Inducing Labor

What if women could schedule childbirth? In fact, more and more pregnant women in the U.S. are opting for induced labor -- and not necessarily for medical reasons. Learn about the pros and cons of induced labor.

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  • 10 Things No One Tells You About Labor

    10 Things No One Tells You About Labor

    You've read all the pregnancy books from cover to cover but there are certain things you'll only know once you join the "Mother's Club." We'll let you in on a few secrets ahead of time. See more »

  • 5 Unbelievable Deliveries

    5 Unbelievable Deliveries

    Every birth is momentous to those involved, but some birth stories stand out for being medical (or social media) miracles. Which five made our list? See more »

  • Are there really more births on full moons?

    Are there really more births on full moons?

    The maternity ward is sure to be busy on a full moon, right? Or is the so-called lunar effect about as real as werewolves? See more »

  • C-Section Overview

    C-Section Overview

    The C-section rate is rising in the United States and around the world. What kinds of pregnancy and labor complications can lead to C-sections, and why do some women plan to have them? See more »

  • How Childbirth Works

    How Childbirth Works

    Childbirth is a miracle, but it's a rather messy one. Before you can hold that precious baby, you've got to bring it into the world -- with blood, sweat and tears. See more »

  • How much do you know about midwives and doulas?

    How much do you know about midwives and doulas?

    These days, some women won't give birth unless they have a doula and a midwife by their side. How much do you know about what these birth attendants do? Test your childbirth knowledge with this quiz. See more »

  • Should you save your baby's umbilical cord blood?

    Should you save your baby's umbilical cord blood?

    Planning for a baby's arrival involves more than just picking out a name and a nursery scheme. Nowadays, you have to decide whether to save the baby's umbilical cord blood from the trash. See more »

  • What's the difference between a midwife and a doula?

    What's the difference between a midwife and a doula?

    People ask pregnant women a lot of questions. What names are you considering? When are you due? Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? Are you going to use a midwife or a doula -- or both -- and just what's the difference, anyway? See more »

  • How a Baby Experiences Labor and Delivery

    How a Baby Experiences Labor and Delivery

    The long, complicated process of labor and deliver is believed to be started by the baby. Learn what a baby experiences during labor and delivery. See more »

  • How to Prepare for Childbirth

    How to Prepare for Childbirth

    Giving birth is a monumental task. Where will you decide to deliver your baby? What types of healthcare professionals do you prefer? This article provides in-depth information on birthing methods, doctors, midwives and childbirth classes, to name a few. See more »

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