The Stages of Natural Labor and Birth

Discover what happens during each stage of labor and birth so you feel prepared and confident. The female body is pretty remarkable, and birth usually works just fine – you can have a natural labor and delivery :) Understanding what’s happening inside your body and with your baby helps you prepare for a great birthday!

Here’s a video I did for you covering what to expect during childbirth:

Knowing what happens during birth is the first step. The second step is knowing what to do when labor hits.

Your Body and Baby Prepare for Birth

Your baby is sheltered within your uterus – a muscular bag within your body (also called your womb). Take a look at the picture to get an idea of what your baby’s environment looks like.

Picture of a 40 week baby within the womb and ready for labor and birth

Your baby’s placenta is attached to the wall of the uterus and to your baby by his umbilical cord. The “bag of water” or amniotic sac surrounds your baby and cushions him within your uterus.

The opening of your uterus is called your cervix – during pregnancy it’s tightly closed and sealed to keep your baby safe.

The cervix opens into the birth canal during labor and birth. Your baby travels through your cervix and down the birth canal, or vagina, and passes through the vaginal opening and out into the world.

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Would you like detailed information on the stages of natural labor and birth, plus how to prepare for them? Click here to get my full guide to the stages of natural birth, plus tips on having a smooth labor with your baby.