Labour & birth
You will probably start thinking in earnest about your pending labour and birth at around 30 weeks.
This is also the time that you and your doctor or midwife will start the discussions about what to expect, how to prepare and how to recognise the signs of labour. You cannot control your labour and birth but you can prepare both physically and emotionally.
Preparing for labour
You can’t really plan your birth but there are things that you can do and think about that will help you to be more prepared.Learn more
Stages of labour
Understanding the stages of birth can help you know what is happening during your labour.Learn more
Managing pain in labour
The experience of labour and how you experience the pain of labour will be very individual. There are a number of natural and medical methods you can use to manage your labour pain.Learn more
Checking your baby during labour
The doctor or midwife will keep a constant check on your baby during labour.Learn more
Sometimes labour doesn't go as planned and your baby will need help to be born. Help can involve relatively simple procedures, like breaking the membranes (waters), to more medically demanding procedures such as caesarean section.Learn more
Induction of labour
An induction might involve having your waters broken or taking medicines to encourage the birth process to start. Approximately one-third of women have an induction of labour.Learn more
A caesarean section is a major surgical operation in which your baby is born through a cut in your abdomen and uterus. It is usually performed under a spinal or epidural anaesthesia.Learn more
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