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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How C-Sections Work

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?


C-sections Can Affect a Baby's Immune System

But researchers are working on a method to boost the microbiota of babies born by C-section.

Quick Tips: Pedicures and Labor

There is no hard, scientific evidence proving that a pedicure -- or foot massage – will help induce labor if you've carried full term. Then again, why not try it?

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.

Top 10 Things No One Tells You About Labor and Delivery

We talked to women who've been there to find out what they wish someone had told them before they went into labor. Read on to see their top 10 labor and delivery secrets!

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?

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?

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.

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?

Most of the time, neither you nor your doctor can know whether you'll need a cesarean until you see how your labor progresses and how your baby tolerates labor. What do you need to know about having a cesarean section?

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.