In this section, you'll find information about your different options for where you can give birth - at home, in a midwife-led unit or birth centre or in hospital. We also look at the role of birth partners, coping with pain in labour, positions for labour and birth, and straightforward birth. Plus, read about what happens in the stages of labour when you are having a baby. 

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

woman with newborn baby

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

Woman with her birthing partner

Birth partners plan an important role in supporting women in labour. Find out useful tips to help your partner.

woman in labour (homebirth)

What are the different pain relief options available to you during labour?

Pregnant woman with water bottle

What's the best position for your baby for birth. Which positions help and which should be avoided?