Labor Partner’s Summary

Below is a short and quick summary that guides the labor partner to the right management of the various situations that come with labor from the very beginning to the end of the fourth...

Length of Hospital Stay after Birth

The length of the hospital stay will be determined by the mother’s health insurance, the health of the mother and baby, the needs of the other children at home, and monetary concerns. Some mothers...

Visiting the New Sibling in Hospital

A mother’s ability to adjust to a home situation that includes other children will be greatly improved if the other children are allowed to visit her in the hospital. Visiting their mother will reduce...

Fourth Stage of Labor — Bonding & Recovery

During the fourth stage of labor, your caregiver will repair the episiotomy, if one was done, as well as any vaginal or perineal lacerations. If the repair work becomes uncomfortable, ask for another injection...

The Second Stage of Labor and How to Deal with It

The second stage of labor begins when the cervix is completely dilated and effaced, and ends with the birth of the baby. The contractions are more like those experienced during active labor, lasting approximately...

Going to the Hospital or Birth Center

Sometime during early or active labor, you will decide to go to your place of delivery. Whether or not this is your first baby, the distance to the hospital or birth center, your previous...