Labour & Birth

Getting ready for birth? Our Gurgle experts are here to help you make the best birth choices. From what you’ll need to pack in your hospital bag to your birthing plan and pain relief options during labour, we also have advice on how to choose the perfect delivery partner and your first hours as a new mum.

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How to identify real labour contractions and what they feel like

What do contractions really feel like and how can you tell you're in labour? We round up how to identify...
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Hospital bag essentials that you need to pack for labour

We've compiled our top 7 essential items that you must have in your labour bag before heading hospital to give...
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7 effective ways to prepare yourself for childbirth

The thought of going into labour can be daunting. Which also means that you'll have a lot of questions. So,...
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Where to give birth: your options

Are you pregnant but unsure of your options when it comes to choosing a place to give birth? From a...
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5 things to expect after giving birth in a hospital

From the hospital to home, we reveal what happens after giving birth, what to expect from delivery care and how...
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What is the difference between spontaneous and coached pushing in labour?

Coached pushing is quite a controversial topic, find out how it differs from a spontaneous labour.
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Low-lying placenta what does it mean for your birth?

Get the low down on your low-lying placenta whether it means you will need a Csection.
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How dads-to-be can be helpful during labour

Your partner has an important supporting role to play in your labour.
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Can acupuncture be used in labour?

Find out whether acupuncture is safe to be used during a natural birth.
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25 important things you should know about Caesareans

Around one in four UK births are by C-section, but how much do you know about the op?
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What is hypnobirthing?

Can hypnobirthing really help you chant your way to a calmer birth?
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What to expect on the postnatal hospital ward

It's not exactly carry on matron, but being on a postnatal ward can have its comedy moments.

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How to: pack a hospital bag

Confused about what to pack in your hospital bag? Don't be - we've got it covered
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Flu jab can cut stillbirth risk by half

Pregnant women who get the flu vaccine cut their risk of having a stillborn baby by half
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Epilepsy specialist wins Midwife of the Year Award

Epilepsy specialist midwife Kim Morley has won Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2016
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Win a bundle of holiday essentials for your baby with Childs Farm

We're offering one lucky Gurgle fan the chance to win a bundle of baby skincare essentials from Child's Farm to...
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Win one of Three Izmi Baby Toddler Carriers

We've teamed up with Izmi Baby to offer three lucky Gurgle fans the chance to win a super comfy, safe...
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Win a pram from Sam Faiers My Dreamiie collection for My Babiie worth over £499

Star of The Mummy Diaries, Sam Faiers, has teamed up with My Babiie to design a range of practical and...