At home

Like each child, each labor is different, but much is the same:

  • It's hard work.
  • It's worth preparing for.
  • It will be a little different than every other labor.


Your due date is an estimate, not an exact prediction.

It's perfectly normal to give birth three weeks early or 10 days late.

Most babies are born between 37 and 42 weeks.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015

Video series

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.

Audio CDs

Guided Imagery for Pregnancy & Birth

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. Download on CD Baby today!