Giving Birth

The moment you've been waiting for is almost here: the birth of your baby! Here you'll learn about labor and delivery, including signs of labor, when to go to the hospital, how to manage the pain of labor, what involved with an epidural, birthing methods, and much more.

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Reddit Thread Shows the Overwhelming Cost of Childbirth
Giving birth in the U.S. isn't cheap—but how much you pay out of pocket will vary, as one Reddit thread highlights.
Family Expects New Mom To Be at a Party 4 Days After Birth—We Don't Think So
People expect too much of postpartum people. One Reddit thread highlighted the pressure people face to "go back to normal" days after giving birth.
She Hired a Postpartum Doula—Now She's Defending Why New Moms Need Them
The backlash that TikToker Brittany Bright received after sharing a post about her overnight doula highlights age-old stereotypes about Black motherhood and suffering.
Emily Skye Thought EMT Told Her Partner to Push Baby Boy's Head Back in During 'Extreme' Home Birth
"It was the most extreme thing that I've ever been through," Emily Skye says of her home birth on a new episode of PEOPLE's podcast, Me Becoming Mom.
What the U.S. Can Learn About the Time After Birth From Cultures Around the World 
Many cultures around the world observe postpartum rituals that allow new parents to be taken care of during the postpartum period. It might not be a reality for most Americans, but similar practices can make a difference here.
This Mom is Sharing Her Birth Story on TikTok to Raise Awareness for Birth Trauma
TikTok mom, Kayleigh Summers, survived a rare, near-fatal pregnancy complication called amniotic fluid embolism. Now, she leads a social media community to support hundreds of other birth trauma survivors.
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California Woman Gives Birth on Her Front Lawn—and the Moment Is Captured on Their Ring Camera!
"We got to the car and I just said, 'No, I can't get into this car,' " Emily Johnson recalled of going into labor with her son Thomas.
Doula vs. Midwife: These Are the Differences and How to Choose
The titles are often used interchangeably, but doulas and midwives occupy very different roles. Here's which option is best for you (hint: It might be both!)
For Black Moms, Childbirth is More Dangerous and More Expensive—But Solutions Exist

Maternal mortality rates in the United States are tragic. And when those pregnant people are Black? The death rate triples—and the costs skyrocket.