Safety and interventions

Birth doesn't always go to plan, so it's good to be aware of when and how extra monitoring and interventions like induction, assisted birth or a c-section may be recommended.

  • Being induced – bringing on labour

    7 min read

    Understanding why an induction by pessary, gel or hormone drip might be advised, plus the alternatives to having your labour started artificially, can help you make informed decisions about your care.

  • Having a c-section: what you need to know

    9 min read

    A caesarean section may be recommended as the safest option for you and your baby. Find out why you might have a planned or emergency c-section, and what to expect during the birth.

  • Monitoring your baby’s heart rate in labour

    6 min read

    Monitoring with CTG, stethoscope or scalp electrode helps midwives and doctors know how your baby is coping with labour. Find out about your options for intermittent or continuous monitoring.

  • Assisted delivery: forceps and ventouse

    7 min read

    Find out how instruments like forceps and ventouse can be used to help deliver your baby vaginally, and why you might have an assisted birth.

  • Being transferred during labour

    7 min read

    If you’re giving birth at home or in a birth centre, you’ll be moved to a labour ward if your midwife is concerned for you or your baby’s health. Here we explain how and why you might be transferred.

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