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Preparing for labour
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Preparing for labour

As your due date approaches, it time to start preparing for the arrival of your new baby or babies – there are many things you can do to help make it a smooth and stress free as possible.

Birth plans

A birth plan is a good way of documenting what you would like to happen during your labour. There is no right or wrong way to fill in a birth plan as all labours and births are different .  But this offers every woman the chance to have her own individual wishes planned for whenever possible. Key themes you may wish to think about are:


  • Who you want with you and what their role will be
  • Where and how you will deliver your baby
  • How you wish to cope in early labour
  • Pain relief options as labour progresses
  • Any special requirements as soon as the baby is delivered (skin to skin with the baby, who will cut the cord etc)
  • How you wish to deliver the placenta (third stage)
  • Whether you want the baby to receive vitamin K or not.

Write down any questions you have to take to your antenatal appointments – this way your midwife can help you with any decisions that you’re not sure about.