Stages of Childbirth

Going through the birth of your child is a wonderful and unique experience. No two deliveries are alike and there is no way to tell how your delivery is going to be. What we can tell you is the stages you will go through during the birthing process and what you can generally expect.


During pushing and delivery, your baby's head will begin to make an appearance through your vaginal opening with each contraction. When your baby's head remains visible and does not slip back in, it is known as crowning.


The closer you get to the end of your pregnancy, the more you will hear about "being effaced," "effacing," or "effacement." What is your provider talking about when she says you are 70% effaced? Read more and find out!

Water Birth

Water is soothing, comforting, relaxing... Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Many moms find laboring in the water is more comfortable. A water birth emulates the environment of the womb which might ease the stress of birth. Sound good? Learn how you can prepare for a water birth.