Everything you need to know about labor and birth is here. From preparing in advance, how to tell if you're in labor, what to do if you are in labor, and what happens once you go to the hospital or birthing center to deliver.

Labor and Birth

Everything you need to know about labor and birth is here. From preparing in advance, how to tell if you're in labor, what to do if you are in labor, and what happens once you go to the hospital or birthing center to deliver.

You'll find out what your options are during labor and delivery, what tests are done on your baby after delivery and what to expect for you and your baby throughout the entire process of labor, delivery and the time right after birth.

 

 


Labor and Birth What to Expect

Soon, you'll experience the amazing process of childbirth! Find out the signs of labor and learn about your options for giving birth. Once you reach the third trimester, you should talk to your doctor about labor and delivery. Learn your options for pain relief. Find out how to reach her if you go into labor. And ask her at what point in labor should you call. Before you reach the last few weeks of pregnancy, you should visit the hospital or birthing center. Find out if you can pre-register so that your insurance information is already in the computer when you arrive.

Signs of Labor

Many women, especially with their first babies, think they are in labor when they're not. This is called false labor. Do not feel embarrassed if you go to the hospital thinking you're in labor, and then you get sent home.

If you think you are in labor call your doctor. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following :

Right After Birth

Right after birth babies need many important tests and procedures to ensure their health. Some of these are required by law. Check with your healthcare provider to determine which of the following tests are required by law, essential for your child's well-being, or necessary only in some newborns.

What to Expect Right After Birth

The following tests and procedures are recommended, or many time required in most hospitals in the United States:

Apgar Evaluation
Eye Care
Vitamin K Shot
Newborn Metabolic Screening
Hearing Test
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Complete Check-up

After the Baby is Born

Caring for a new baby is one of the most joyous and challenging times in a woman's life. At the same time, new mothers must take special care of their bodies after giving birth and while breastfeeding. Read on for tips on caring for you newborn and yourself when you get home from the hospital.

Getting Rest

The first few days at home after having your baby are especially important for recuperation, physically and emotionally. You need to focus your energy on yourself and your new baby. Even though you may be very excited and will be asked for visits from family and friends, try to get as much rest as you can. Don't expect to keep your house perfect, you need to eat properly, get enough sleep and take care of your baby.  Rest when the baby rests, and do not try to do too much around the house. Allow others to help you with cleaning, laundry, meals, or with caring for the baby.

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