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Giving birth advice guides

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Whether you need advice on writing a birth plan, what to pack in your hospital bag, or the signs of labour to look out for, we’ll help you prepare for giving birth in any setting.

Pain relief options

From gas and air to epidurals – everything you need to know about your pain relief options when giving birth.

Having a c-section

Find out why you might have an elective or emergency c-section, what happens during the birth and what to expect when you’re recovering afterwards.

Home birth checklist

Giving birth in your own home requires a bit of preparation. From a birth pool or TENS machine to extra towels, we list the things to have ready before going into labour – and answer some of the practical home birth questions you may have.

Inductions and interventions in labour

Birth doesn't always go to plan, so it's good to be aware of when and how interventions like induction of labour, assisted birth or a transfer to hospital may be recommended.

Signs and stages of labour

How do you tell Braxton Hicks from real contractions and what should you do when your waters break? Here we take you through each stage of labour and what happens during and after birth.

What is the role of a birth partner?

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

What to pack in your hospital bag

Have you packed your hospital bag yet? From essentials for your newborn baby to extra comfort during labour, our checklist reveals the most important things to bring with you wherever you choose to give birth.

Your birth plan

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. We provide everything you need to get your birth plan ready.