Preparing for the Birth

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The Birth is Near, Are you Ready?.

There are lots of things to consider when planning the birth of your baby. On the following pages you will find information on the options for pregnancy and birth care, what happens during labour and what to expect immediately after.

We also have information on what will happen to your baby and the tests that are usually done, plus what can happen if there are complications during birth.

Making a birth plan

A birth plan is a written list of what you’d like to happen when you are in labour and give birth. A plan includes things like who you’d like to be with you in labour, and what position you’d like to give birth in.

Options for where you give birth

There are several options available to women on where they choose to give birth. What is important is that you have all the information you and your partner need to make an informed decision.

Going to hospital

When you are approaching your due date, its important that you are ready to go at a moments notice. Here is a useful list of what you will need to bring with you to the hospital and what to expect when you get there.

Home birth

Pregnancy and childbirth are natural life events and in most cases you will have a natural birth. If you have a straightforward pregnancy without complications and both you and the baby are well, you might choose to give birth at home.

What you will need for baby

From clothes, bedding and car seats, here are a few hints on what you should have ready when bringing your baby home. Babies grow very quickly. All you need for the first few weeks are enough clothes to make sure that your baby will be warm and clean.