Today is the feast day of St. Gerard Majella, the Italian lay-brother who is the go-to saint for all things maternal. Yet there are a number of lesser-known patrons of pregnant women, childbirth , and unborn children, who might also bring comfort and reassurance during the exciting — and sometimes a little scary — road to motherhood. And you never know, it might be a saint you’re already familiar with.
If you click on launch slideshow below, you’ll discover 10 saints to call on when feeling a little bit vulnerable or unsure of what lies ahead. One thing is certain, there are some saintly women on this list who went through their own trials and tribulations during their pregnancy, or as a mother; none more so than the last saint!