Labour and birth frequently asked questions

In this section we look at the most frequently asked questions we get asked about labour and birth.

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    The latent phase of labour

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    What is hypnobirthing?

    Hypnobirthing is a method of pain management that can be used during labour and birth. It involves using a mixture of visualisation, relaxation and deep breathing techniques.

  • A new mum and dad looking down at their newborn baby

    Having a home birth

    You might like to consider giving birth at home for a more relaxed experience in familiar surroundings. Find out whether this is the right option for you.

  • A photo of a woman holding her baby after giving birth in water

    How to prepare for a water birth

    Are you thinking about having a water birth? Find out about the advantages and disadvantages of giving birth in the water, what to wear and what the pain relief options are.

  • 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.

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

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Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
  • By Benjamin Sign (not verified) on 28 Jan 2019 - 08:26

    Greetings,

    I would like to know if it's normal for a child to be born end caul +/- 3 hours after the water broke?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Jan 2019 - 10:51

    Hi Benjamin, Yes this is completely normal and some say it is very lucky! The sac is a bit like a balloon and usually breaks as the baby descends into the vaginal canal. But to still be almost intact when the baby delivers is nothing to worry about.

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