Labour & birth

Most women worry about how they will cope with the pain of labour and birth. You may worry too, especially if it is your first baby and you do not know what to expect.

  • c-section-choice

    News

    Your right to a planned c-section

    A survey has revealed that 75% of UK maternity units are denying women their right to choose a caesarean. We take a look behind the story.

  • A photo of a woman just after she's given birth with her newborn baby on her chest and stomach having skin to skin contact

    Delayed cord clamping (DCC)

    Cutting the cord immediately after the birth has been routine practice for 50-60 years but more recently research is showing that it is not good for the baby.

  • Pregnant woman holding her back.

    What to expect when your waters break

    Your waters can break before you go in to hospital but they are more likely to break during labour, or they can even be broken for you by your midwife to speed up your labour (a process known as artificial rupture of membranes).

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.