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.
Labor and Delivery Complications -- the Basics
WebMD looks at complications of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
Stages of Labor and Normal Childbirth
WebMD explains the phases of labor and stages of delivery.
Pregnancy and Signs of Labor
Learn more from WebMD about the telling the difference between true and false labor, and when to call your health care provider.
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.
'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."
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.
Childbirth Options: What's Best?
While a traditional hospital birth is still popular, more women are exploring new and different childbirth options.
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.
Should Mothers Choose Epidurals?
Keith Eddleman, MD, talks about epidurals during labor and delivery.
What To Expect During Labor
Keith Eddleman, MD, describes the process of delivering a baby.
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.