Is this your first pregnancy? Wondering what different types of contractions feel like and when they should start? Here’s how to tell true labor contractions apart from other types of contractions — including false labor and Braxton Hicks contractions.
Labor & Delivery
Here, moms are sharing honest tips & tricks for getting through labor and delivery quickly. See what it's really like to give birth and what you can expect during and after the delivery of your baby. You'll find everything you need to know before going into labor (the cost of having a baby & ways to save money on baby delivery costs, what to pack in your hospital bag, how to prepare for labor, tips for inducing labor naturally, what it's like when your water breaks)... during labor (how to know when you're in labor, what it's like to get an epidural, helpful information about the stages of labor)... and after delivery (what to expect regarding discharge & bleeding after labor, baby cord blood banking, and more).
A look at some of the methods of inducing labor naturally. We dispel some of the old wives tales from those methods that are truly the most effective. See how to stimulate the production of certain hormones in your body in order to encourage labor yourself. These are the best natural ways to induce labor on your own.
Find out the odds of your water breaking at home, rather than in the hospital. My experience, plus what I’ve learned about water breaking during pregnancy – to help calm your fears.
Super advice from a mom to help you when you’re preparing for labor. The top 4 things she recommends doing early + tips to help you do them quickly & easily
The more you understand about the birthing process and the steps that you go through in labor, the more you will know ahead of time what to expect and you won’t fear it so much. Here’s what you need to know about the stages of labor.
It is technically safe to deliver a baby up to 2 weeks past your due date, but you may be interested in speeding things along a bit. There are LOTS of natural ways to induce labor at home yourself! Here are ways of inducing labor that you can try at home – including things you can DO to increase labor and things you can EAT to induce labor.
Have you heard about cord blood banking? Not sure if you really need to do it or not? There are both pros and cons to cord blood banking. They are highlighted here.
If you’re pregnant and trying to make a decision regarding unattended home births, here are some facts that you’ll want to see first.
This video shows the 5 techniques that doctors can use when inducing labor.
Recent statistics about premature births, plus the reasons that babies are delivered prematurely.
How to save money when you’re having a baby at the hospital. Defray the cost of having a baby with these 4 simple tips.
Ways to tell when it’s time to call your doctor because the baby is definitely coming!
Are you experiencing some bleeding after giving birth? Here’s what you need to know when it comes to vaginal discharge, and how to handle all that bleeding.
One major issue that must be decided upon prior to the birth of the child is whether or not to preserve the baby’s cord blood. Ever since a child was successfully treated with cord blood stem cells to cure his Fanconi anemia in 1988, the popularity of cord blood banking has increased. Here are the pros & cons of cord blood preservation.
The total cost of having a baby in the first 2 years falls somewhere between $12,462 and $26,612. You can break this down to something like $500 to $1000 a month. Here’s more…
What if you can’t take a childbirth education class at the hospital? You can prepare for labor and delivery at home by watching a childbirth education DVD. We think Laugh and Learn About Childbirth is the best DVD class available.
Here’s real-world advice about what you should expect to wear in the hospital during labor and after giving birth to your baby. From designer hospital gowns to special underwear and pads, I give you a list of what NOT to wear for a simpler, pretty hospital stay.
Here’s a list of things that you should NOT pack in your hospital bag before giving birth. Good advice on simplifying your hospital bag and not packing more than you can carry home!
When should you pack your hospital bag for pregnancy? By the third trimester, in case of emergency, and keep it stored in the trunk of your car. We’ve rounded up 3 of the best hospital bag checklists on the Internet, along with a link to what NOT to pack in your hospital bag for the birth of your baby.
After some contractions and cramping at 19 weeks, my ultrasound showed placenta previa, a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta covers the cervix. Here are some online resources that explain what placenta previa means to expectant moms and placenta previa questions to ask your doctor.
What does it feel like to get an epidural during labor? Does it hurt to get an epidural? What does it feel like to deliver a baby with an epidural? Here’s what it was like for me.
I’ve had two epidurals, and I tell you exactly how it felt when I got them.
Here is Rob Cockerham’s take on the birth of his first child, including play-by-play details of all the days that his wife Stacy spent in the hospital — pre labor, during labor, and post-labor.