has it started?

In the last few weeks of your pregnancy (especially if it’s your first) it’s common to worry that every little twinge could be the start of labour. In Has it Started? we look at the most common signals your body gives that your baby is on it’s way. more>>

stages of labour

Labour is split into three stages. We look at each one – what happens to you, what happens to your baby and how long it’s all likely to last. more>>

types of delivery

We’d all prefer to give birth naturally, but sometimes babies need a little help to be born. In this section we look at the different ways of assisting your delivery – caesareans, ventouse, forceps, episiotomies (being cut) and inducing labour. more>>

pain relief

Having a baby is very uncomfortable at best and bloody agony at worst! There are a variety of ways you can ease the pain – some are natural, some are drugs.  You can make up your own mind when you’ve read our Factsheets. more>>

home birth

Many parents tend to shy away from a home birth assuming that it’s more dangerous than a hospital birth or that they just won’t be allowed one. This isn’t always the case. There are a number of reasons why a home birth could be much more comfortable and convenient for both you and your baby. If you’d like to know more about what’s involved and how to arrange it take a look. more>>

water birth

Birthing pools are becoming increasing popular and offer comfort and pain relief in labour. If you’d like to know more about what happens and how to arrange a water birth these information sheets should help. more>>