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Giving birth is a profound and transformative moment in a person’s life. We want you to feel ready and knowledgeable for your labor and baby’s debut! Here you can explore expert advice on topics like vaginal unmedicated and medicated births, C-section births, home births, birth center births, and adoption. Read inspiring birth stories, helpful tips, and essential product recommendations that can support you through this life-changing journey.

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25 Birth Affirmations To Help You Through Your Labor

Here are some benefits of birth affirmations, how to use them effectively, and 25 birth affirmations to try.

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Understand why your doctor might recommend a Foley bulb induction and what it can do to help your labor start.

The Power of Birth Photography

The Power of Birth Photography

Have you ever considered birth photography? One mom shares her beautiful "birth story" of her baby and the power of birth photography!

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An expert offers 11 tips to avoid or lower your chances of having an unnecessary C-section.

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Products To Help Prepare Your Body for Labor and Birth

Prepare your body for labor and birth with these 10 products. They can help you have a smoother, more enjoyable experience.

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