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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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The Power of Birth Photography

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11 Helpful Ways To Avoid a C-Section

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

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