Giving birth

Giving birth

To do list

  • Notify your health care provider, midwife or hospital birth center as instructed.
  • Notify your support system when you think labor has started.
  • Notify child care for older children.
  • Relax and distract yourself if in early labor.
  • Rest if you're tired.
  • Bring your labor bag and travel bag to the hospital.

Forms and worksheets

Labor log worksheet

Labor bag and hospital checklist

The labor companion's quick checklist

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Mother baby care

A wide variety of videos on topics ranging from labor and delivery to newborn and postpartum care can be found on our Allina Health mother baby care video page.

Giving birth: Managing pain


Breastfeeding your baby is available in English, Arabic, Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

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Guided imagery for pregnancy and birth

The tracks on the Guided Imagery for pregnancy and birth album will assist you with relaxation, pain control, healing and breastfeeding.

Related resources

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, eighth edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/06/2021