Birthing your baby is an important and exciting life event. Every birth is unique and each woman and family has individual needs and expectations.
As your baby’s due date becomes closer you will want to start preparing for the birth, including completing your birth plan if you want to prepare one, and packing your bag ready to take with you to hospital.
These fact sheets help you think about what to expect, and to reassure you, about labour. They also explore options for managing pain in labour.
Being prepared for the birth of your baby and having the opportunity to consider all your options will make you feel more powerful and in control.
Sometimes you will need help with the birth your baby. The fact sheets here inform you about assisted vaginal delivery and caesarean section.