Childbirth Methods Directory
While many women give birth vaginally in a hospital setting, there are a variety of childbirth methods to choose from. You should always discuss these with your doctor to be sure all your needs and your baby's needs will be met however you give birth. A C-section is another popular method of childbirth. Some women choose it, while others must have a C-section for health reasons. Home birth, water birth, and silent birth are other childbirth options. Many of these types of births are overseen by a midwife. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about different methods of childbirth, pros and cons, safety concerns, and much more.
Water Birth Information: Benefits and Risks of Water Birth
WebMD explains the water birth process, including benefits of water birth, preparing for water birth, and possible risks of water birth.
Methods of Childbirth
WebMD explains the various methods of delivering a baby.
How Will You Handle Your Labor Pain?
Many women worry about the pain they’ll feel during childbirth. Learn about the different options you have to handle your labor pain.
Midwives: Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, and More
Midwives are an increasingly popular choice to help oversee pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Learn more from WebMD about the role of a midwife, the benefits of using a midwife, and finding the right one for you.
Childbirth Options: What's Best?
While a traditional hospital birth is still popular, more women are exploring new and different childbirth options.
Choosing a Pregnancy Practitioner
Expectant parents can tailor their birth experience, but the most important choice is who will deliver the baby: a family doctor, midwife, or obstetrician.
C-Sections: Recovery, Risks, Benefits, Pain, and More
WebMD explains why C-sections are on the rise and describes what is involved and what the recovery period is like.
'Silent Birth' Now a Noisy Controversy
The pregnancy of actress Katie Holmes -- partner of actor Tom Cruise -- has put a media spotlight on "silent birth."
Video: What They Don’t Tell You About Childbirth
Women share stories about what it’s truly like to give birth, from their water breaking to cutting the umbilical cord.
What To Expect During Labor
Keith Eddleman, MD, describes the process of delivering a baby.
Should Mothers Choose Epidurals?
Keith Eddleman, MD, talks about epidurals during labor and delivery.