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How to Tell When Labor Begins: A Complete Guide

Will this be your greatest hour? Probably not. But, is delivering your precious baby going to be one of the most remarkable, memorable and difficult things you’ve ever done? Probably. You can do this! Awaiting the birth of a baby is an exciting and anxious time. Most women give birth between 38 and 42 weeks […]

Making a Decision: Is Saving Cord Blood Worth It?

The decision about whether to store cord blood needs to be made several weeks before delivery. Whether to donate cord blood to a public or private bank is up to you. You also can decide not to donate or store cord blood at all. Think about the following points when making your choice: Donating cord […]

Side Effects and Risks: Knowing the Facts About An Epidural

Each woman’s labor is unique. The amount of pain a woman feels during labor may differ from that felt by another woman. Pain depends on many factors, such as the size and position of the baby and the strength of contractions. Some women take classes to learn breathing and relaxation techniques to help cope with […]

The Basics: Labor Induction (Part 2)

Labor induction is the use of medications or other methods to bring on (induce) labor. Labor is induced for many reasons. Some of the methods used to induce labor also can speed up labor if it is going too slowly. Labor is induced in about 20% of pregnant women in the United States. If you […]

The Basics: Labor Induction (Part 1)

Labor induction is the use of medications or other methods to bring on (induce) labor. Labor is induced for many reasons. Some of the methods used to induce labor also can speed up labor if it is going too slowly. Labor is induced in about 20% of pregnant women in the United States. Stages of […]

Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery

Each woman’s labor unique. The amount of pain a woman feels during labor may differ from that felt by another woman. Pain depends on many factors, such as the size and position of the baby and the strength of contractions. Some women take classes to learn breathing and relaxation techniques to help cope with pain […]