preparing for giving birth (12)

  • maternity leave and maternity pay

    Maternity rights differ from workplace to workplace so it’s important to speak to your HR department. Legally, you’re entitled to a minimum statutory maternity leave – it’s handy to know these numbers before speaking to your boss.

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  • preparing for giving birth

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  • antenatal appointments

    Once that pregnancy test proves positive, you're going to be seeing a lot more of your hospital, clinic or GP. You'll have a schedule of antenatal appointments designed to keep a close eye on the general health of you and your baby.

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  • antenatal classes

    As you prepare for the world’s most important job, you’re bound to have lots of questions, particularly if you’re about to become a parent for the first time. Antenatal classes are run by experts – perfect for quizzing – and are all about getting you ready for the journey ahead. They’ll also provide you with lots of that all-important reassurance. Here’s what to expect.

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  • 9 top tips to throw the perfect baby shower

    After months of anticipation, the moment has arrived – time to start planning a baby shower. By your friend's third trimester she'll appreciate the opportunity to spend a bit of time with family and friends, making lovely memories while celebrating her upcoming arrival. As proud as you are of your friend, it can be a little bit overwhelming when you're the one in charge, so here are a few ideas on how to host a baby shower and get the party started.

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  • pregnancy guide for dads

    Pregnancy can be a stressful time for any relationship. Fortunately, there's plenty a doting dad-to-be can do to ease the path to parenthood. Here’s what to do when your partner is expecting.

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  • my medical notes - what do they mean?

    From the first time you meet your midwife until the day you arrive in the delivery room, your maternity note goes everywhere with you. However, we know that they can be a bit jargon-y and hard to understand if you aren't already a healthcare professional. Fortunately we have a small guide ready to help you decipher your maternity code.

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  • how to write a birth plan

    Once your baby decides to make his or her grand entrance, you'll be much too busy to go into detail about what you do and don’t want during labour. Your birth plan is the best way to let your doctors and midwives know exactly how you want it to go so that they can make you as comfortable as possible. Here's what you should think about while putting yours together.

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  • preparation for birth

    It's a good idea to get yourself prepared for the first days at home with your baby, as it will make adapting to life as a parent less stressful and give you more time to enjoy the new arrival. Bear in mind that some babies arrive early.

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  • your maternity rights

    Struggling to wade through pages of jargon to figure out what you’re entitled to? You're not alone! The law is on your side when you’re pregnant, but it’s not always great at putting things into plain English. Don't panic: we've scoured all the rules and regulations to find out what you need to know.

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  • what to take with you to hospital

    This is one of the most exciting stages of pregnancy: packing your birth hospital bag. It's worth getting everything ready by week 36 so you're as relaxed as possible when the miracle moment finally arrives.

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  • where to have your baby

    As your pregnancy progresses, it's natural to start thinking more about the exciting day when you finally get to meet your little one. Not only is there a choice of how to have your baby; if your pregnancy is going well, you get to choose where to give birth. You may like the idea of cuddling up with your newborn in your own bed, or prefer to be looked after in the local hospital.

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