Lesson 3: What you need to know about active labor + pushing

A premium class from Motherly to empower women during birth + beyond.  

Lesson 3: What you need to know about active labor + pushing

Okay, things are getting real now—on to active labor and pushing.

If you're feeling a bit nervous about these intense phases of labor, that's okay and totally normal.

We'll cover the processes, but also help calm your fears and help you approach your birth confidently. Check out the article “The 5 most common birth fears—and why you shouldn't worry" to help boost your confidence even more.

Lesson 3: What you need to know about active labor + pushing

Additional reading for this lesson—

  1. The 5 most common birth fearsand why you shouldn't worry
  2. 8 surprising things first-time moms should know about birth
  3. Why I'll never forget my labor and delivery nurse
  4. Giving birth from the right side of your brain

Read our book!

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the pregnancy book women have been asking for. Inspired by our community and written by Diana Spalding (our midwife, who teaches this birth class), this book will guide you through every aspect of this journey with warmth and love.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama

You can order The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama at your favorite retailer:

Your birth class lessons—

Lesson 1: How your body in labor + the birth process works

Lesson 2: What happens when labor begins?

Lesson 3: What you need to know about active labor + pushing

Lesson 4: Your coping skills for labor + delivery (you've got this)

Lesson 5: How to handle interventions with ease

Lesson 6: Owning your birth preferences + dealing with fear

Lesson 7: How to rock your postpartum

Pregnancy + birth podcast:

Listen to Becoming Mama™: A Pregnancy and Birth Podcast by Motherly

In This Article

    This is the necklace to ask for this Mother's Day 😍

    Motherly x Kinn created the perfect modern heirloom.

    It's no secret that motherhood is hard work. It's sleepless nights and putting someone else's needs ahead of yours on the daily. It's living with your heart (or hearts) outside your body, all sinewy arms and legs learning to crawl, walk and ride a bike. It's also a constant nagging worry that you're somehow not doing it right, this motherhood thing. That you're flying blind, making mistakes and who even put you in charge anyway?

    But the truth is, you were made to do this. Underneath all that worry and second-guessing you've got everything you need to be exactly the mom your little one needs. Some call it mother's intuition—we like to call it the North Star.

    From the times you call the pediatrician because you just know something isn't right to the way you choose to educate, you've got the answers you need right inside you, mama.

    In honor of Mother's Day and in celebration of that incredible superpower, we at Motherly teamed up with our friends at Kinn to craft a piece of heirloom jewelry that we could not be more excited to introduce. The Motherly x Kinn North Star Necklace.

    Keep reading Show less

    We created an at-home movie theater for our toddler (and it was so easy)

    If we can't go to the movies, then we'll have the movies come to us.

    I'm a huge movie fan. Not just watching movies, but the whole process of going to the theater is something I've always enjoyed throughout my life. I love going by myself to see that movie no one else wants to see with me. Our first dates with my now-husband were movie-related, and even now—after three children—our date nights always involve a movie theater. The last thing I did before having my twins was... (you guessed it!) going to the movies.

    I was really looking forward taking our toddler to the movies for the first time. Well, actually, third time but the first two he was an infant—we found a movie theater that played films at a lower volume and with the lights on to make it more baby-friendly, but I don't think he has any recollection of those two. But then the COVID-19 pandemic took over the world and I don't think we are stepping into a theater any time soon.

    Keep reading Show less
    Motherly Watch

    Two weeks. I cannot believe that it has been two weeks since my second son was brought into this world. Two weeks since my husband and I welcomed baby Simon, the final piece of our little family.

    But, here is the whopper: It has been two weeks since I have been the mom of a toddler and a newborn. I am now responsible for taking care of two tiny humans.

    It absolutely blows my mind how much my life has changed in the last two weeks. It's definitely not all rainbows and unicorns around here, but things are going pretty well. This is me being cautiously optimistic.

    What I have done is learned a lot about myself, my kids and my new life in the last two weeks.

    Keep reading Show less