Labor and Delivery

Aria Health Center for Gynecology & Women's Health

Picture of a woman, distressed, in a hospital bedAfter nine months of incredible growth and changes both in the mother and the fetus, labor (contractions of the uterus) may finally start, signaling the pending birth of the baby. Many women fear the prospect of delivering their child. Part of this fear may be attributed to the unknown, especially in first pregnancies. Instead, be proactive and consider discussing the following questions with your physician before labor begins: