Labour & birth

Labour & birth

Thinking about how, what happens and where to give birth? We're here to help you feel more confident.

Check out our guide to labour so you know what's likely to happen. We've got information and tips on everything from preparing for labour to different types of birth to your options for where to have your baby.

Questions about pain relief or who'll look after you during your labour? We've got it covered.

We're with you after the birth too with information on what happens after your baby's born and how you might be feeling after the birth.

Dads and birth partners – we've got lots of tips for you too.

As the UK's largest charity for parents, we can also help you meet local parents in your area through our events and courses.

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woman on birthing ball

What really happens during labour and what can you expect and prepare for? Read about each stage here.

Pregnant couple smiling and talking

At home, in a midwife-led unit/birth centre or hospital? The choice is yours – find out about each option and why it might be the place for you.

Dad and mum after birth

Birth partners plan a really important role in supporting women during labour. See our useful tips to help you and your partner.

Newborn skin to skin

Everything’s been building up to the birth but what happens afterwards? Read about routine checks and how you and your baby will be cared for.