Preparing for birth


There will be lots of things to consider as you get ready for the birth of your baby. Here you'll find plenty of useful articles to help you prepare for the birth of your baby including your options for where to give birth, different types of birth and how you might manage pain during labour.

Preparing for birth

Hormones have an important role to play in labour and birth. Here we discuss what changes may affect you.
What is birth like at a midwife-led unit or birth centre and what factors do you need to consider?
Where you have your baby can affect many aspects of your birth experience. Here we look at your options and how you can make an informed decision that’s right for you.
Find out what options you have for giving birth in your area
What happens if you have your baby at a hospital and what do you need to consider before, during and after?
This article looks at how your body copes with pain during labour naturally and what you can do to manage the pain of contractions and birth.
What are the different options available to you for pain relief during labour?
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.
Here we look at the early signs of labour, such as Braxton Hicks contractions, preparing for birth and when to call your midwife.
There are things you can do in pregnancy to make a straightforward birth more likely. Find out more in this article.
Most women like to have a birthing partner present with them when they give birth. Read more here about how a birth partner can support and encourage you during labour.
What happens in the first stage of labour? Here we look what happens with your contractions and your cervix as well as what you and your partner might be feeling.