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Getting ready to give birth

There’s so much to think about when you’re pregnant, so we're here to help make things a little simpler. Whether you're wondering what NHS scans you'll have or thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag, we’ll help you get prepared for your new arrival.

  • NHS and private ultrasound scans during pregnancy

    6 min read

    Ultrasound scans are both exciting and nerve-racking. We look at what pregnancy scans you can expect on the NHS and what’s available privately.

  • Choosing your birth partner

    7 min read

    Giving birth can be a daunting prospect and having a supportive birth partner can make a big difference to your experience.

  • Your birth plan

    12 min read

    Writing a birth plan gives midwives, doctors and your birth partner a clear idea of what’s important to you during labour, birth and in the first few hours with your baby.

  • Antenatal classes: what will you learn?

    4 min read

    Antenatal classes can help you prepare for the birth of your baby and parenthood – find out how.

  • What is hypnobirthing?

    4 min read

    Find out about hypnobirthing or natal hypnotherapy and how it can help you manage labour pain without medical pain relief.

  • NHS vs NCT antenatal classes

    4 min read

    Discover the differences between NHS and NCT antenatal classes and how they help to prepare you for labour, birth and parenthood.

  • What to pack in your hospital bag: the top 10 items for your hospital bag checklist

    4 min read

    Have you packed your hospital bag yet? From sleep suits to baby wipes, our checklist reveals the top 10 most important things to bring with you wherever you choose to give birth.

  • Pregnancy: week by week guide

    8 min read

    This guide covers the major pregnancy milestones to help you prepare for having a baby, with information about scans and choosing where to give birth.

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