During a squatting birth, a woman squats during labor, supporting herself by holding onto her partner, the bed or a squatting bar, or by using a special stool, according to Robin Elise Weiss for Squatting work... More » Health Women's Health Childbirth

To speed up labor, BabyCentre recommends urinating to keep the bladder empty so that it does not impede the baby's movement down the birth canal. A woman can also take walks and remain active to try and increase the inte... More » Health Women's Health Pregnancy

A pregnant woman can prepare herself for giving birth by finding a doctor for the baby, talking to her partner, talking to other moms about birth, learning about labor pains and stocking a bag with all the essentials, st... More » Health Women's Health Childbirth
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A good way to provide support for a woman in labor is to act as an advocate for her when you talk to the doctors and nurses, as suggested by Parents Magazine. Talk about her wishes in advance so you know her preferences,... More » Health Women's Health Childbirth