Every woman’s labor and delivery experience is unique, yet knowing what is typical can help as your due date approaches.
Labor and delivery usually follows a fairly predictable pattern:
- The cervix softens and opens
- The amniotic sac ruptures
- Contractions get stronger and closer together.
Your experience might differ from the steps above. As your labor progresses, you may reconsider your wishes about pain medication, or you might need an unexpected C-section.
The health of you and your baby’s health are our main focus. Please discuss your labor and delivery preferences with your health care provider prior to delivery — including options for pain medication and thoughts about episiotomy and other procedures. We look forward to being with you at this very special time in your life!