Parents Share Their Best Tips for Labor and Delivery

By Lauren Krouse
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
November 08, 2022

It’s a good idea to prepare for childbirth as much as possible. But regardless of whether you intend on having a vaginal birth, induced labor, or a cesarean section, even carefully laid plans can change. After all, each birth is unique.

Still, birthing parents have learned quite a bit through experience, and their stories may help you go into the big day feeling empowered and confident no matter what happens. Here, parents share what they’ve learned—and what they wish someone had told them about giving birth.

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Jacqui DiNardo, 32, a mother of two young children in western Pennsylvania, says not knowing what to expect during her induced labor caused unnecessary stress. Jacqui didn’t realize she’d be attached to a fetal monitor, which would prevent her from being able to move around without a nurse’s help during labor.