Labor and delivery

Baby is almost here and it's time to start preparing for labor and delivery. Here's some guidance from Ovia as you get ready to meet your little one!

Identifying a hospital with a lower C-section rate

Home birth

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Interested in prenatal yoga? Start here

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Prenatal exercise & movement FAQ

Building a birth team

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How to manage anxiety about labor and motherhood

Doulas: Why it’s important to find one who really gets you

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C-section recovery timeline

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What happens during a C-section

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What is perineal massage?

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What you should know about vaginal and perineal tears

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Using the bathroom after a vaginal delivery

6 reasons why you should write a birth plan

COVID-19, labor, and delivery: Your questions answered

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Celebrating Black birth workers of the past

Seven doulas you should know

For Black families, change is coming one doula at a time

Four midwives you should know

Meet 4 midwives dedicated to evolving the Black maternal landscape

The comfort of crafting a birth plan

Pregnant woman experiencing back pain/cramps

Signs of premature labor

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Delivery options: finding the perfect one

What does unmedicated birth feel like?

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Packing a delivery bag

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How to induce labor

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Stages of labor

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When do healthcare providers induce overdue babies?

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Prepare for labor

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Bloody show/passing of mucus plug when pregnant

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Preparing your partner for delivery

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Lamaze method of childbirth

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Pros and cons of different delivery locations

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Does labor change from birth to birth?

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Mindful pregnancy and delivery

Big decisions to make before giving birth

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Things to do while waiting to go to the hospital

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Episiotomy: what is it?

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Baby’s first minutes

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Labor pain control: a little relief

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Your dilating cervix: gateway to Baby

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Unexpected items to pack in your hospital bag

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Childbirth classes: preparing for labor

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Don’t put “9-1-1” in the subject line of your emails, and other lessons: One dad on his family’s early labor story and just what constitutes an emergency

The Bradley Method of childbirth

How to advocate for yourself as a patient to get the care you deserve

Why bringing a support person with you to appointments can help you advocate for the best healthcare

How a doula can support you during pregnancy and postpartum

How culturally relevant care can help you thrive during pregnancy, and beyond

Why personalized care is so important for birthing parents

Don’t settle: Finding a healthcare provider for your pregnancy

How working with a midwife can help reduce health disparities

Building a birth team


Making your child a legal person


8 ways to keep busy when you’re overdue

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What to do if you think you’re going into preterm labor

Pain medication options during labor and delivery

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How effective is progesterone for preventing preterm birth?

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Am I at risk for preterm labor?

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What to do if you think you’re going into preterm labor


Your guide to epidurals

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What’s a doula, and how do they help?

Things no one tells you about having a baby (that I tell all my first-time mom friends)


When do I actually need to go to the hospital/birthing center?

Natural methods to manage your pain in labor

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Premature births

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C-sections 101

Calculating Baby’s due date

Midwives: What they do and what you need to know

What does “inducing labor” actually mean?

What is a birthing center?

Help! I’m not sure I’m ready to give birth

Can I give birth if I’m sick?