Home Expecting Labour & Birth

Your Birth Helper

Have a partner at your side Historically, physical and emotional support was provided by other women as a woman gave birth at home. When childbirth moved from the home to the hospital setting, the role of the traditional helper began to disappear, and support during labour was given mainly by labour...

Monitoring Fetal Health During Labour & Birth

Monitoring the baby's health during labour may include the following procedures: Ultrasound  Medical staff can listen to the baby's heartbeat with ultrasound. Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring     Sometimes continuous electronic fetal monitoring is required, particularly if the mother's labour is being induced with Pitocin, or if there are concerns about the mother...

Interventions: Epistomy & Amniotomy

You and your partner or birth companion can be involved in making decisions about your obstetrical care. Some of the procedures described in this article were once carried out routinely. We now know, however, that certain procedures may be beneficial in certain circumstances, and other interventions should be abandoned...

Interventions: Intravenous & Oxytocin

Intervention With Medications: When a little extra help is needed Intravenous (IV) Labour is hard work; nutrients and fluids are needed throughout labour for mother and the baby. As labour progresses, many women do not wish to eat or drink, and may become nauseated and vomit. Ice chips and sips of...

Pain Relief Choices In Labour

Ways To Keep As Comfortable As Possible Breathing and relaxation techniques are an essential part of preparing for labour. It's important to be familiar with the techniques - even if you are sure that you want to use additional methods of pain relief (analgesia). Breathing & Relaxation Techniques: ...

Getting Closer: Active & Transitional Labour

Active labour follows the first stage. It involves the continued dilation (opening) of the cervix. Active Labour - 3 to 5 hours During active labour, the cervix dilates to four to seven centimetres. You May: Wake up in active labour if you slept through the early, first stage. ...

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