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Child birth

There are lots of things to consider when planning the birth of your baby. On the following pages you will find information on the options for pregnancy and birth care, what happens during labour and what to expect immediately after. We also have information on what will happen to your baby and the tests that are usually done, plus what can happen if there are complications during birth.

Preparing for the birth

Deciding on where you want to give birth is an important decision you will need to make. Here you will find information on what options are available ...

Having the baby

The day has finally arrived. Find out what are the signs that you are going in to labour and what to expect during the birth.

When birth doesn't go to plan

Unfortunately, not everything goes to plan during birth. Sometimes your maternity team may need to intervene to assist in the delivery of your baby.

Your baby after the birth

After carrying your baby for 9 months and finally giving birth, your baby has arrived. Find out what happens after your baby is born.

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

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