At home

At home

Like each child, each labor is different, but much is the same: it's hard work, it's worth preparing for, and it will be a little different than every other labor.

Preparing for labor at home includes these topics:

  • what happens during labor
  • relaxing your body
  • breathing to relax
  • breathing to distract
  • breathing for pushing
  • how to cope with labor and getting the support your need
  • making a birth plan

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.

pregnancy birth guided imagery cover

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.

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