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    six signs of labour

    Your hospital bag is packed. Your birth partner is poised to leap into action. Your new arrival’s nursery looks lovely, and you're well-stocked with nappies. But how do you actually know when labour is starting?

    birth what really happens

    Pregnancy is an exciting time, but by the end you simply can’t wait to see your bump become baby. You just have to get through childbirth first! Giving birth is different for every woman and there’s nothing that can really prepare you for it. There are, however, three stages that never change.

    when to go to hospital

    During the last trimester your body starts to prepare for birth. This can be a confusing time and up-and-down hormones don’t help. Knowing when you’re in labour and when to go to hospital when pregnant could help you feel more confident in the final few weeks.

    having your partner at the birth

    You’re not just getting a helping hand and moral support: your partner is also sharing one of the most amazing experiences of your life. No wonder most mums-to-be want a partner present at the birth. Remember your birth partner can be your partner, your mum, a close friend basically someone you trust and will help you cope with labour and birth. Sometimes a women shares this responsibility between her partner and her mother. So how can they help?

    what to expect from your midwife

    From the day you tell your doctor the exciting news (you're pregnant!) until your baby is 10-28 days old, you'll have a helpful midwife (or a team of them) on hand to support you on this journey.

    premature babies

    As your pregnancy advances, you probably can’t wait to meet your new baby; but if your little one arrives early, it can be a scary time. Most premature babies grow up to be perfectly healthy children, and with as many as 10% of all babies arriving before 37 weeks, the neonatal team will be well set up to give you both the best care.

    giving birth to twin babies

    Giving birth to twins or more can be riskier than with one baby, so it's worth being prepared for things not going according to your birth plan. Maybe you wanted a natural birth, but now you're booked in for an elective caesarean.

    pain relief

    That long-awaited day has finally arrived and your little one is on their way (and making sure you know it!). You may have been through 9 months of aches and discomfort to get to this point, but the journey's not quite over yet: now it's time to breathe deeply and get through the pain of childbirth. From the gentle and non-interventional to the more medical, here are a couple of options for you to consider to push through this big, important day.

    caesarean birth

    Caesarean births are becoming pretty common, with around one in four pregnant women welcoming their babies into the world this way. This article will give you some helpful tips and general advice about what to expect if you have an elective or emergency caesarean birth.

    having your baby induced

    As you near the end of your pregnancy, you will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of your baby and probably can't wait to finally hold the little person you have had in your womb for 9 months. But sometimes babies can be slow to arrive, and in this case, your midwife or doctor may recommend your baby be induced.

    newbirth examination

    Your dear little baby has arrived. Amongst all the emotions of joy, exhaustion and relief, you'll no doubt want to know they're healthy and well. Within their first three days a full newborn examination will check this is the case.

    coping with birth when you have children at home

    Remember those snuggly early days with your first baby? It’s not quite the same with your second child – as soon as your newborn falls asleep, there’s a busy toddler to attend to. Here’s how you can help your firstborn adjust...

    birth stories

    No two labour stories are ever the same and no-one tells the tale better than someone who's been through it all already. From rushed trips to the hospital, to water births and surprise appearances, here's a glimpse into what might one day be your own birth story.

    recovering from birth

    You don’t need telling that you need time to recover after giving birth (in fact, you’d probably like to sleep for the next year). Nothing can prepare for the impact bringing a baby into the world has on your body. You’re probably feeling sore, tired and very emotional but overwhelmingly excited to start life with your new baby.