The birth of your baby

What happens if you have your baby at a hospital and what do you need to consider before, during and after?
Straightforward birth means giving birth vaginally, without any procedures or interventions. Here we look at the advantages, and discuss how to encourage a straightforward birth.
There are things you can do in pregnancy to make a straightforward birth more likely. Find out more in this article.
There are a number of practical things you can do in labour to help you have a straightforward birth. Find out more in this article.
Giving birth can be easier if your baby is in a particular position in your pelvis: head pointing down and facing your back. However, they can be in other positions. This article...
This article offers some hints and tips on how to get your baby into the best position for birth: which positions help and which should be avoided?
If you are expecting more than one baby, this article will help you understand your birth options, including planning for vaginal or caesarean birth.
What happens if your baby is in the breech position (head up)? How will a breech baby affect your birth plan?
This article looks at why doctors might recommend an elective or emergency caesarean section, whether you can refuse to have one and how you might make a decision.
Caesarean section is when a baby is delivered by an abdominal operation. Read more about different types of c-section.
This article answers your questions on what happens before, during and after the caesarean section procedure.
If you have had a caesarean birth the options remain open for the birth of your next baby. Most women who choose ‘VBAC’ have a successful vaginal birth. Find out more in our...