Planning Your Birth

Investigate options available to you during labor and birth. Learn how to develop a birth plan.

4 Reasons Not to Have a Home Birth star
Home birth is not a safe option for every pregnancy. Here are 4 reasons you should not give birth at home.

Benefits of Hiring a Doula star
Women who take advantage of doula care have safer, healthier, and happier labors and deliveries.

Benefits of Home Birth star
The many benefits of having a home birth that hospitals can not replicate.

Delayed Cord Clamping star
Leaving your baby's umbilical cord intact immediately following labor and birth has many benefits for you and your baby's health.

Electronic Fetal Monitoring star
What are the benefits and risks of electronic fetal monitoring? Are there any alternatives?

How To Check Your Own Cervix star
Have you wondered what the doctor was talking about when he's doing a cervical exam? Learn how to check your own cervix.

Hypnosis for Childbirth star
The basics of using hypnosis for childbirth and how it can help you have an easier and more enjoyable labor.

Maternity Wards are Not Birth Centers star
Hospitals around the country are calling their maternity wards "birth centers". Don't let them fool you. Maternity wards are not like midwife attended birth centers, and here's why.

Plan for a birth plan star
Are you getting closer to meeting that little one you have been carrying for nine months? Are you trying to decide how you want things to go on delivery day? Here are four steps you can take to get things in order and create a birth plan.

Sample Birth Plan star
You may use this example of a natural birth plan to get a general feel for what a birth plan might look like.

Take Control of Your Care star
How to take control of your care by knowing the risks and benefits of interventions and procedures, choosing your care provider wisely, and getting truly informed consent.

Unassisted Childbirth star
The choice to give birth unassisted is not one that women walk into lightly. Find out why women make this choice.

United States Maternal Death star
Why is the US rated number 30 of 31 industrialized countries for maternal death rate?

What to expect at the hospital during labor star
Are you feeling anxious about your labor and delivery? Well here are a few tips on what to expect during your hospital stay for the birth of your child.

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