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10 Things No One Tells You About Labor


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Hospitals Are Optional
A home environment might be more comfortable for your baby's birth than a hospital.
A home environment might be more comfortable for your baby's birth than a hospital.
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We're not suggesting you deliver your baby between rows of field corn; there's a reason pioneer days (and birthing methods) are history. However, unless you have medical concerns, you don't have to be confined to a hospital bed, either.

Although the majority of women in the U.S. deliver their babies in hospitals, some give birth at home. The setting, free from medical interventions and their potential side effects, offers a familiar place to labor. The idea is that by being relaxed and calm, childbirth is a smoother experience. Just keep in mind that you'll need to remain flexible. It isn't unusual for a laboring woman to head to the hospital when labor stalls or other complications arise. The truth is, until you've given birth, you really have no idea what it's like and how well you'll cope -- whether at home or in the hospital.


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