To encourage a straightforward birth you can do several things during labour. Find out about positions, dealing with contractions, induction and more.
This article looks at how to arrange a home birth through NHS midwives, your GP or with an independent midwife. They can also help you plan if you are giving birth at home.
The first hour after delivery of the placenta is known as the fourth stage of labour. We discuss benefits of skin to skin contact after birth and supplementary vitamin k.
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.
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.
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.