Remind yourself that you're not going to be facing this alone. You'll have a midwife who will be there to support you and look after you. Midwives have lots of experience of helping women through labour and birth and can also offer you pain relief in small or larger doses, depending on how you feel.
Have a chat with your midwife now about how you are feeling so you can talk through your choices. Making a birth plan could make you feel like you are more in control of the situation. You could also think about things that you might like to have around you during labour that will help you to relax. This might mean music or a large, comfortable pillow from home.
Most women want someone they know well to be with them as a birth partner. This doesn't have to be your partner - it could be a friend or relative if you prefer. Choose someone you trust and who is good company. You can probably have more than one person if you like, though check with your hospital or birth centre first.
If your fear of birth is so bad that you don’t want to go through with it talk to your doctor or midwife. Tokophobia is the name for a deep seated fear of giving birth.
Manage your anxieties about giving birth, with some helpful advice from mums who’ve been there.
The latent phase of labour… so what does this mean? Am I in labour or not?!
As well as your bags for the hospital, you need to have a few things at home for when your baby arrives.
At the end of your pregnancy, you may have some signs that your baby will arrive very soon, even though you may not go into labour for a little while yet.
Only a very small number of babies actually arrive on their due date and the membrane sweep is a drug-free way of helping to bring on labour.
The moment has arrived. Your contractions are regular and building up, and your baby is really on his or her way…
ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.