Looking for the best resources and advice on all you need to prepare for birth? Read about making a birth plan, labour signs, when to go to hospital, the three stages of labour, pain relief options, and what childbirth really feels like.

ready, set, push: the third stage

The third stage

You’d think that labour would be over now that your baby has emerged, but there’s one more stage, which can take up to an hour.

The first stage

The first stage of labour is the longest stage, lasting six to 36 hours! Within this, there are three separate stages

ready set push: the second stage

The second stage

When your cervix is fully dilated to 10cm, and you feel the urge to push, you’ve entered the second stage of labour

10 ways to soothe stitches

10 ways to soothe stitches

“A tear down there” is feared by many mums-to-be, but stitches of the perineum are common after childbirth, and usually heal well

A wonderful first-time birth

At 1pm on a Thursday, my waters broke. As a first-time mum, I didn’t quite realise what was happening, so I texted my midwife to double-check. Yes, definitely my waters – but where are my contractions?

Considering a homebirth?

Only 7% of women birth at home, yet in the majority of cases it’s safer and has less chance of intervention and cross-infection than hospital births

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