Secrets for a Smooth Birth


By Stacy Whitman

Women love to tell their birth stories-chances are you’ve heard your share of them. And as your due date approaches, you may find yourself wondering (and worrying!) what your own labor and delivery will be like. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict exactly how it will play out. But there are steps you can take, both now and in the birthing room, to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. To help you prepare for the big day, we talked to labor and delivery nurses-the real pros who have seen just about every type of birth imaginable-and got their best tips for a quick, complication-free childbirth.

For pro tips, go to the next page…