Labor and Delivery
How do I know if I am in labor?
Each labor experience is different. It may start with your water breaking. Or, you may have a daylong backache that turns into contractions. Contractions could also start suddenly. Learn more about the signs of labor and early labor.
If you think you are in labor, call your doctor or midwife. They can answer any questions about when you should come to the hospital.
Beginnings app: Use your iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® to time and record contractions with the Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond mobile application. Download the app »
Delivering at The Mother Baby Center
You're in labor! Take a breath...we've got you covered.
- A dedicated entrance to The Mother Baby Center is located on 26th Street, between Elliot Avenue and Chicago Avenue. Turn right into the entrance and follow the roundabout to the front doors of The Mother Baby Center.
- If parking, we recommend you park in the ramp located on the east side of The Mother Baby Center. Take the stairs or elevator to the skyway level (level D). Walk through the skyway and then follow signage directing you to The Mother Baby Center.
Stages of labor
There are three stages of labor. During the first stage, the cervix thins and dilates and contractions begin. The second stage involves pushing the baby through your birth canal. The third stage is the shortest and easiest – cutting the umbilical cord and expelling the placenta. Learn what to expect during each stage of labor.
The Mother Baby Center is a comfortable and soothing place to deliver your baby. Our team will comfort and support you through labor and the birth of your child. We also encourage your husband or partner to participate in this miraculous process.
After you explore the many birth methods available at The Mother Baby Center, we encourage you to state your preferences in a birth plan. This will help us understand your unique needs and preferences.
- Traditional birth or vaginal childbirth begins with labor to coax the baby through the birth canal. Learn what to expect during a traditional birth.
- Cesarean birth (C-Section) may be planned or recommended as an emergency procedure if your health care provider determines that the health of you or your baby is at risk. Learn what to expect during a Cesarean birth.
- Midwife birth involves a certified midwife, a registered nurse with advanced training. Working closely with your doctor and medical team, a midwife can coach you throughout pregnancy, childbirth and after childbirth.
- Doula birth involves a doula, or birth assistant. A doula is specially trained to guide you through labor with relaxation and breathing exercises, massage, words of encouragement and other comforting measures. A doula can also work with your husband or partner to encourage involvement and to create a warm and positive experience.
- Water birth is the process of giving birth while immersed in a tub of water. Water birth is available to women who meet certain criteria and sign consent forms that are provided to health care providers and midwives. During labor, the mother is in a cushiony tub of warm water that can help her relax and manage pain. At birth, the newborn is lifted out of the water.