Giving Birth

You’re almost there! Now you’ve just got to get the (not-so-little) bundle out… It may seem daunting, but being armed with all the knowledge means you can go into labour prepared and more relaxed about what’s going on.

Bleeding after birth

Bleeding after birth

The amount of bleeding after delivery can be quite frightening, but it’s completely normal and – if you think about ... Read More
contractions

Labour signs and braxton hicks

Do you know how to tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and real labour pains? ... Read More
giving birth

Prelabour contractions or first stage labour

Early and active 1st stage contractions are usually defined as pains that come every 2, 3, 4 or 5 minutes ... Read More
Labour or braxton hicks

Labour or braxton hicks

Women often describe Braxton-Hicks contractions as a tightness or hardness or a slight cramping of their belly. Some liken it ... Read More
Foetal distress during labour

Foetal distress during labour

Foetal distress can occur during pregnancy, or more commonly during labour. Foetal distress can be due to a wide range ... Read More
Acupressure, shiatsu and reflexology for labour

Acupressure, shiatsu and reflexology for labour

Acupressure, Shiatsu and Reflexology work on similar principles to acupuncture. Learn more about the differences and benefits here ... Read More
Medical methods of induction

Medical methods of induction

There are many medical methods of induction available today, find out more about them here ... Read More
Possible epidural side effects

Possible epidural side effects

There are possible side effects of having an epidural, read about what they are here ... Read More
Physical benefits of water births

Physical benefits of water births

Water births have many physical benefits, including pain relief and fast dilation of the cervix. Read more about them here ... Read More
Your Body After Birth

Your Body After Birth

Read about what your body may do after birth and what it means ... Read More
naturally inducing labour

Natural ways to induce labour

Several things can be done that might make you have contractions and start your labour, but they'll only work if ... Read More
labour pain relief options

Pain relief during labour

Find out about the three main medical pain-relieving options during labour and what they may mean for you ... Read More
obstetrician or midwife

Choosing your LMC

Choosing between an obstetrician or midwife may be an easy choice for those with a well-established preference, but for others ... Read More
Birth centres

Birth centre births

Birth centres offer an alternative to public hospitals for giving birth. Find out whether your baby’s birth would be suited ... Read More
Overdue babies

Overdue Babies

Baby's that are born overdue often show the following signs: ... Read More
Is it my waters?

Is it my waters?

It can sometimes be hard for the woman to tell whether her waters have broken or not. If fluid is ... Read More
Reasons for an epidural

Reasons for an epidural

Epidurals can be used in labour for many reasons. The following is a list of some of the main reasons ... Read More
What is involved with an epidural?

What is involved with an epidural?

The following is a step by step guide to what is usually involved with having an epidural anaesthetic for labour ... Read More
Reasons for an epidural

About transverse lie

Occasionally (about 1 in every 400 births, or 0.25%) the baby is lying across ways in the uterus, called a ... Read More
Everything you need to know about labour and childbirth

Everything you need to know about labour and childbirth

Everything you need to know for all the stages of labour, pain relief, the birth of your baby and more ... Read More
Premature labour

Premature labour

Premature labour occurs when you go into labour before the 37-week mark of your pregnancy. Find reassurance and be prepared ... Read More
5 tips on how to recover from a C-section

5 tips on how to recover from a C-section

The first week after having a C-section is really tricky. Bianca Wordley has some tips to help you recover faster ... Read More
Labour First Stage

Labour First Stage

Labour occurs in three stages. Find how what happens during labour in the first stage including information about labour contractions ... Read More
Labour terms

Labour terms

Understand your labour and birth better with our guide to labour terms including breech, cesarean, dilation and effacement. Find more ... Read More
6 ways to reduce perineal tearing during birth

6 ways to reduce perineal tearing during birth

Perineal tearing during birth is common but there are ways to reduce the risk of tearing or episiotomy such as ... Read More
Consequences of a fast labour

Consequences of a fast labour

While fast labours are still regarded as being relatively normal, there are some aspects that tend to be more common ... Read More
Labour Second Stage

Labour Second Stage

Labour occurs in three stages. Find how what happens during labour in the second stage including information about labour contractions ... Read More
Perineal massage

Perineal massage

Perineal massage during your pregnancy may prevent tearing or an episiotomy during birth. Find out how to safely perform a ... Read More
Labour third stage

Labour third stage

Delivery of the placenta is the third stage of labour. Find more information on delivering the placenta and what happens ... Read More
Hospital births explained

Hospital births explained

The majority of New Zealand women give birth in hospital and, while you might be told about your choices on ... Read More
Labour and birth aids

Labour and birth aids

Labour and birth aids help you give birth with comfort. Find how what happens during labour and birth and the ... Read More
How to have a safe home birth

Having A Safe Home Birth

Home births are not common for childbirth in New Zealand. But having a home birth can be a safe option ... Read More
Water birth

Water Birth

Water births are a popular birthing option for pregnant women as giving birth in water will reduce stress on both ... Read More
Internal examination and cervical dilation

Cervix Ready For Labour?

If you are being considered for induction, how ready or 'ripe' your cervix is will likely be assessed. For most ... Read More
Coping with contractions

Vaginal breech birth

The following information describes the birth process of babies born vaginally in a breech position ... Read More
Tips For Inducing Labour

Tips For Inducing Labour

Mums have top tips on way to bring on labour naturally. Avoid a hospital labour induction by trying these ideas ... Read More
How to have a great first stage of labour

Great First Stage Labour

Everything you need to know about for a great first stage of labour, from contractions, hydration, waters breaking and first-stage ... Read More
Coping with contractions

Coping With Contractions

Coping with contractions can be helped using natural assistance during contractions as well as drugs during contractions. Find reassurance and ... Read More
Disadvantages of a VBAC

Disadvantages Of VBAC

The options of VBAC and repeat Caesarean hold certain risks for complications. The main health complication that is possible for ... Read More
VBAC: What You Should Know

VBAC: What You Should Know

VBAC, or vaginal birth after caesarean, is a birth option. Caesarean deliveries in New Zealand are at 30% but vaginal ... Read More
Homebirth - What To Consider

Homebirth – What To Consider

Preparation for a homebirth Check with your midwife or caregiver, they may wish you to leave out or add things ... Read More
Internal examination and cervical dilation

Internal Examination And Cervical Dilation

When a woman's cervix thins during labour it is referred to as effacing. When her cervix is opening it is ... Read More
How to time contractions

Timing Contractions

You will need a watch, or clock, with a second hand and a labouring woman! Time the contractions from the ... Read More
Assisted Conception

Assisted Conception

If you're trying to get pregnant or about to our guide to getting pregnant provides you with the necessary information ... Read More
Packing For Hospital

Packing For Hospital

Pregnancy checklists for packing and essential buying checklist for newborn. Find everything for babies, toddlers & kids 0-14 - Kidspot ... Read More
Will I need an episiotomy?

Need An Episiotomy?

Whether you will 'need' an episiotomy will very much depend on the way your individual caregiver practises and their beliefs ... Read More
Natural Birth

Natural Birth

A natural birth means a vaginal delivery without drugs or medical interventions such as an epidural, pethidine or a caesarian ... Read More
Labour And Childbirth Fears

Labour And Childbirth Fears

Common labour and birth fears during pregnancy. During pregnancy it is common to have fears about labour and child birth ... Read More