Labour and birth
More Labour and birth
Get yourself ready and pack all the essentials you'll need during labour and for after your baby is born. Our useful checklist will ensure you don't forget anything.
Get the lowdown on everything you need to know about the first moments after your baby is born. An expert midwife explains what checks and tests your newborn will need, and how you’ll be cared for after giving birth.
From massage and essential oils to birth pools and birthing balls, we have tried and tested natural ways for reducing labour pain.
Most women choose to have their baby in hospital. Find out what to expect from the staff, equipment, facilities and care available to you.
See new mums discussing relaxation techniques they found helpful and how their birth partners supported them during labour.
Most caesareans are unplanned but few are true emergencies, so it helps to be prepared. Use our information to decide what you would prefer to happen, during and after the operation.
Learn how to reduce your chance of needing interventions such as induced labour, assisted birth (forceps and ventouse), and caesarean section.
If you've gone past your due date, you're probably feeling fed up with being pregnant. Find out what happens next, the options available to you and the likelihood of induction.
If you're considering having a water birth you'll need to do a bit of forward planning. From when to get into the pool to delivering your baby in the water we've got answers to all your questions.
The role of a birth partner is to give you practical and emotional support when you're in labour. Find out what your birth partner will need to do at the birth and how he or she can prepare.
"The water was so calming and I felt weightless. My lower back pain seemed to vanish. Time went on and all was well…" Read about Antonia's experience at a birth centre.