After your baby is born

Hormones in labour

Hormones play an important role in all stages of labour and birth. Here we discuss the impact they have in terms of pain relief and other physical and emotional changes.

Giving birth at a birth centre or midwife-led unit

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.

Dad’s role during labour and birth

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.

Home birth FAQs

There are pros and cons to giving birth at home. Here we answer common questions about the advantages and disadvantages of home birth to help you make an informed decision.

How do I arrange a home birth?

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.

Third stage of labour

The third stage of labour is when you deliver your placenta after the birth of your baby and the umbilical cord is clamped. You may also experience some bleeding.

Use of water birthing pools in labour

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.

What happens after your baby is born?

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.

Home birth support - who provides your care?

Midwives usually provide care and support for women who plan a home birth, but there are other options available.

Coping with stillbirth

Here we look at what may happen after a stillbirth and what support and information is available to parents after having a stillborn baby.

Stillbirth

What causes stillbirth? What happens if a baby is stillborn? Find out about potential causes and prevention.

My partner is unsure about home birth

This article discusses how to help your partner feel confident about a home birth if they have uncertainties or concerns about you giving birth at home.