Preparing for Delivery

While it takes nine months to grow a full-term baby, labor and delivery occurs in a matter of days or even hours. However, it’s the process of labor and delivery that tends to occupy the minds of expectant parents the most, with questions and concerns around the signs and length of labor, and how to manage pain.

Arrive at your due date fully prepared by learning about your delivery options, signs and symptoms of labor, how to monitor your contractions and the different stages of labor.


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