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.

Hidden Half Campaign

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 campaigns@nct.org.uk

 

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.

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.

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.

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.