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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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 handle contractions in labour

What do contractions really feel like and how can you tell you're in labour?
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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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Where to give birth?

Home; hospital; birthing centre… What are your options when it comes to where to have your baby?
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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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Making birth safer

The government announced plans today to make birth safer for mums and their babies in England
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Meet the midwives

When it comes to birth, midwives have seen it all. What secrets will they pass on to their daughters?
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Maternity units shutting their doors

A shortage of midwives means more maternity units are shutting their doors to mums-to-be
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Trend alert: Hairdressers in the hospital

Competitive mums are taking post-birth baby pics to the next level
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Young mums 'crowdbirthing'

Mums under 30 now have 'birth entourages' with an average of eight people at their baby’s birth
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Your pain relief options during labour

How do you choose your gas and air from your pethidine?
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What does Braxton Hicks feel like?

Think you might be having Braxton Hicks contractions or could it be the onset of labour?
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