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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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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Past your due date? Kick start labour naturally

Want to get things moving? Here's how to kick start your way to natural labour
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How to write your perfect birth plan

All women are encouraged to write a birth plan, so everyone involved can understand what kind of birth they want
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When should I go in to hospital?

When is the right time to go into hospital once you’re in labour?
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What to pack in your labour bag

There's nothing quite like packing your hospital bag for focusing you on the imminent arrival of your baby
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How to prepare for giving birth

Preparing to have a baby? What do you really need to know?
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Am I in labour?

Am I in labour? What does labour feel like?
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Birth plans dos and don'ts

It’s time to write your birth plan. But with so many options, how do you know what to include?
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Your guide to assisted delivery

Your baby might need assistance when being born. Read our guide to find out more about assisted delivery
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How to have a happy birth day!

Have a calm and stress free birth, whether you're at home or at hospital
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Natural pain relief in labour

Do you plan to go for natural pain relief in labour? Our guide to managing pain relief

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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?