After your baby is born
Having your baby at a birth centre or a midwife-led unit can be a good option. We discuss the pros and cons and the flexibility you have in choosing your birth environment.
As your due date approaches, it is a good idea for dads-to-be to know about the first, second and third stages of labour, as well as being aware of any potential complications.
Make your voice heard for change
In order to push maternal mental health up the political agenda we need politicians to hear that people care about maternal mental health. Our MP engagement guide [available on 11 October 2017] tells you how to make your voice heard.
You can do as little or as much as you have time for and whatever you can do will make a difference. If the sum total of everyone’s small (or large) activities adds up to lots of noise, then politicians will sit up and pay attention.
That means that when we speak to decision-makers to press for the specific changes needed to the system, they will have an appetite to work with us to find solutions.
As at October 2017, 580 MPs have heard from #HiddenHalf supporters, lots have emailed the Health Minister and 5 have asked questions in parliament. It’s a fantastic start and we now want to build on it, to create a strong platform for change.
We can’t do it without you!
A special message to supporters in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Do you have a little time available and would you be interested in getting involved in a #HiddenHalf campaign group to develop campaign activities for the local context? To find out more, please contact email@example.com
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.
Find out about water birth and using a birthing pool during labour. Read about what happens when a baby is born in water, when you may need to get out and tips on safety.
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.