Giving birth

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.

Is a home birth safe?

Here we look at research surrounding home birth (specifically the Birthplace Study 2011) including information about safety, benefits and risks for women and their babies.

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.

Dealing with complications at a home birth

When it comes to home birth, the concerns over the risk of a medical emergency can put some people off. Here are the facts about home birth when complications arise.

Home birth pain relief options

Midwives have a range of pain relief options available for home births. Read about your options, including using pethidine and entonox (gas and air) during labour here.

Siblings at a home birth - caring for older children

Preparing older siblings for a home birth and considering the practicalities is important. This article covers the care of other children at a home birth

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Overdue baby - what happens if my baby is late?

Many mums hope for a birth on or around their baby’s due date. Find out what happens if your baby is late or overdue and about the induction of labour

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.