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 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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Preparing for labour: The unexpected

Most women have successful births and healthy babies, but it’s still worth preparing yourself for the unexpected.
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Delivery room: Who to let in

Who would you have in the delivery room when you give birth? One mum shares her choice
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How to choose the perfect birth partner

Who should be in the delivery room? Read some pros and cons of possible candidates

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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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