Birth is a life-changing event. It’s important that you can choose where you will feel most safe and comfortable.
As your due date gets nearer, there are several things you can do to help prepare for the birth of your baby.
Most people go into labour from about 37 week’s gestation onwards. Every person’s labour is different and sometimes it can take a long time.
An induced labour is one that is started artificially with drugs and/or breaking your waters.
Labour can be painful – it can help to learn about all the ways you can relieve the pain.
A Caesarean section, or C-section, is an operation to deliver your baby through a cut made in your tummy and womb.
An instrumental, or assisted, delivery involves using a ventouse vacuum cup, or forceps (like large tongs), to guide your baby as you push with your contractions.
If you have had a caesarean section before it may still be possible to have a vaginal birth next time.
If your baby is lying bottom or feet first in the womb, this is called the breech position. You may need to make a few more decisions about your care.