VIDEO: How to stay active in labour

Trying to stay mobile and active in labour is really important. Firstly, because gravity helps your baby move down the birth canal effectively. Secondly, because research shows that instrumental births and caesarean sections are more likely to happen if you give birth in semi-recumbent or, partly reclined positions. This video …

Top tips for a festive early labour

There's something poetic about having a baby during the Christmas period; with nativity scenes displayed in rich variety, far and wide. But more than that, the festive period offers a feel-good factor like no other. It's the perfect season to get the oxytocin flowing; helping labouring women everywhere. So, we …

How to: write a birth plan

Your birth plan communicates your preferences for labour, birth and the immediate postnatal period, to the midwives and doctors who may look after you. It is important to remember that a birth plan is a flexible document. It is a list of preferences, which your midwife will work with you to …

Packing your birth bag

Regardless of whether you have chosen to give birth at home, in a birth centre or hospital you should still have a birth bag packed and ready. It just means you've got everything organised in one place. Reducing the likelihood of a last minute dash around the house trying to …

The important role of your birth partner

The birth partner plays a really important role during labour. They are a one-stop shop of support, entertainment and advocacy for the pregnant woman, and evidence shows that women who have a companion during labour are happier with their birth experience. Whilst it is now routine for the baby's father to …