Pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks from the first day of your last period, but some pregnancies go longer and are known as ‘overdue’.
Stretch and sweep
A ‘stretch and sweep’ or ‘membrane sweep’ is a relatively gentle way of trying to start labour. Find out what it involves and its benefits and risks.
A caesarean (C-section) is an operation to deliver a baby. It can be a planned or emergency procedure. Find out more about C-sections and why they are...
Induction of labour is when labour is started with medical treatment. Read about the reasons why you may be induced and the different methods used.
Interventions during labour
An 'intervention' is an action taken by a midwife or doctor to help you birth your baby safely.
Even if you’re healthy and well prepared for childbirth, there’s always a chance of unexpected problems. Learn more about labour complications.
Preterm labour is when you go in to labour before your pregnancy reaches 37 weeks. Here's what to expect when you have your baby prematurely.
Cleft lip and cleft palate
A cleft lip and/or cleft palate occurs when separate areas of a baby’s face do not join together properly when developing during pregnancy.
Postpartum haemorrhage is when you bleed more than normal after giving birth. It can be very serious and requires medical attention right away.
About the placenta – role and complications
The placenta develops inside the uterus (womb) during pregnancy. It gives your baby nutrients and oxygen. Find out more about the placenta here.