- Most women give birth through the vagina (birth canal).
- Labor occurs in three stages and feels unique to everyone.
- If you’re healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own.
An epidural is the most popular and effective kind of pain relief for labor. You get a needle with a small tube attached placed in your lower back. Medicine goes through the tube while you're in labor. It numbs your lower body so you can't feel the pain from your contractions. The medicine doesn't make you go to sleep, so you can be wide awake when your baby is born!