-Early labor which contains active labor and transition.
-Pushing which is pretty self-explanatory.
-Delivering the placenta which is also self-explanatory.
Most people go to the hospital during active labor (several hours after early labor starts). We also learned the signs of true labor pains (instead of Braxton-Hicks "practice" contractions).
The signs of real labor are:
-Pain starts in the back (or legs) and radiates around to the front.
-The labor pains don't stop.
-The pains don't change if you change activities.
-The pains increase in intensity.
-There is a regular pattern.
What glorious things to look forward to.