Labor and delivery
Hypnobirthing: How does it work?
Hypnobirthing — A Mayo Clinic specialist discusses this method of easing pain during childbirth.
Stages of labor and birth: Baby, it's time!
Find out what happens during the different stages of labor and birth.
Labor and delivery: Pain medications
Understand the pros and cons of various labor and delivery pain medications.
Home birth: Know the pros and cons
Understand the possible risks and how to plan and prepare for a home birth.
Inducing labor: When to wait, when to induce
Find out who can benefit from stimulating the uterus to contract to start labor and why.
Doula: Do you need a doula?
Find out how a doula might be helpful during pregnancy, childbirth and recovery.
Water breaking: Understand this sign of labor
Is your water breaking? Find out how to tell and what's next.
Episiotomy: When it's needed, when it's not
Planning a vaginal delivery? Find out when an incision between the vagina and anus might be needed during childbirth.
Can vaginal tears during childbirth be prevented?
Find out what labor techniques might help prevent severe vaginal tearing during childbirth.
VBAC: Know the pros and cons
VBAC — vaginal birth after cesarean — is possible for many women. Know what to consider before choosing this option for delivery.
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