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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. We also have some information on the different types of pain relief that is available to you during the labour and also what to expect if you are having a multiple birth.

Giving birth - early signs of labour

You're unlikely to mistake the signs of labour when the time comes, but if you're in any doubt don't hesitate to contact your midwife.

Pain relief during labour

Learn what options are available to you to relieve pain during labour pain, and how your birth support partner can help you.

Fetal monitoring

During labour, your baby's heart rate is constantly monitored to check for any signs of distress.

Giving birth to twins

Twins are more likely to be born early, often before 38 weeks, so it's important to understand your birth options.

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

Need further advice or guidance from our maternal child health nurses?

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