Hospital birth

Choosing where to have your baby

Where you decide to give birth affects your experience. This article discusses the options available including giving birth at home, at a birth centre or at a hospital.

Choices for birth in your area - UK

Find out about the birth choices available in your area in the UK. This tool from Which? Birth Choice gives you options and information so you can choose where you would like to have your baby.

Giving birth in a hospital

This article discusses hospital birth: what happens before, during and after. What are the pros and cons and what do you need to take when packing your hospital bag?

Preparation for multiple births

If you are expecting multiple babies, including the possibility of giving birth to twins, there are options to consider. Read about planning for vaginal or caesarean birth.

Reasons for caesarean birth

Doctors may recommend an elective or emergency caesarean section (also known as a c-section) in some cases. Read about the reasons and risks, as well as the choices you have.

Giving birth by caesarean section: elective and emergency c-sections

Caesarean section (or c-section) is when a baby is delivered by an abdominal operation. Read more about the different types and the effects here.

What happens during elective or emergency c-sections?

This article describes what happens before, during and after a caesarean section procedure. Find out more about elective and emergency procedures, recovery and more.

VBAC: Vaginal birth after caesarean

Here we discuss having a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) with information about what happens, risks and things to consider.

Arranging to use a birthing pool

What’s the best way to arrange to use a birthing pool in labour? Read for more information on water birth and organising to use or hire a birth pool.

How to prepare for a water birth

Read for information on preparing for water birth, hiring, setting up and using a birthing pool and the equipment and supplies you may need.

Using water in pregnancy and birth

Water can provide natural pain relief in labour and birth. Read more about birthing pools, having a bath while pregnant and using hot water bottles.