Labor & birth
After 9 months of pregnancy, the big day is finally here!
If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own. Babies aren’t fully developed until at least 39 weeks.
You may feel nervous about labor, but learning all about contractions and the signs of labor can help you get ready. Most women have their babies by vaginal birth, but some have a cesarean birth (also called c-section).
Use our birth plan to help make decisions about your baby’s birth. Who do you want to be at the hospital with you? Are there any special traditions that you want to happen? Thinking about these things ahead of time can help you, your partner, your provider and your friends and family know exactly how you want labor and birth to be.
In This Topic
- 39 weeks infographic
- Contractions and signs of labor
- Having a c-section
- Inducing labor
- Medical reasons for a c-section
- Scheduling a c-section
- Scheduling labor induction
- Stages of labor
- Umbilical cord blood
- Vaginal birth after cesarean
- What is full term?
- Why at least 39 weeks is best for your baby
- Your birth plan