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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.