How you can prepare for the special moment
What can you do to get ready? Make a birth plan and pack your hospital bag. Learn about contractions and the signs of labor so you know when it’s time to head to the hospital.
After nine months of pregnancy, the big day is finally here. If your pregnancy is healthy, it’s best to wait for labor to begin on its own—babies aren’t fully developed until at least 39 weeks. You may feel nervous about the process, but learning about contractions and the signs of labor can help you get ready.
Most women have their babies by vaginal birth, but others may need additional medical care—even if they do everything right during pregnancy. Some may experience preterm labor and preterm birth; others may have complications and need to have a labor induction or Cesarean birth to keep themselves and their babies safe.
Use our birth plan to help make decisions about your baby’s birth, like who you want to be with you at the hospital and any special traditions you want observed. Thinking about things ahead of time can help you and everyone involved know exactly how you want labor and birth to be.
Creating a community around shared experiences
Learn about some of the families who have benefited from our collective work and connect with others over what it takes to raise a strong baby.
We’re there for you—wherever there is for you
Learn about the programs and services in your area that are helping close the health equity gap and end preterm birth for families everywhere.
Tools to help your family on its way
We provide some useful tools and apps to help get your pregnancy moving in a healthy direction and maintain that course after your baby is born.