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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

Childbirth

Are You in Labor?

Here's how to tell the difference between true labor and false labor -- and when to get medical care.

Birth Plans

The reality of labor and birth may seem extremely far off - but now's the time to start planning for your baby by creating a birth plan that details your wishes.

Birthing Centers and Hospital Maternity Services

Where you choose to give birth is an important decision. Is a hospital or a birth center right for you? Knowing the facts can help you make your decision.

Cesarean Sections (C-Sections)

Many babies are delivered via cesarean sections. Learn why and how C-sections are done.

Choking

Choking is an emergency - so it's important to recognize the signs of choking and know what to do if happens.

Cord Blood Banking

Should you bank your newborn's cord blood? This article can help you decide.

Dealing With Pain During Childbirth

Learning all you can about childbirth pain is one of the best ways to help you deal with it when the time comes.

Epidurals

Epidurals can make giving birth more calm, controlled, and comfortable. Find out more.

Inducing Labor

Find out why doctors may induce labor if you're past your due date, how it may be done, and how it may affect you and your baby.

Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal

When you first meet your newborn, you may be surprised by what you see. Here's what to expect.