Preparing for labour
Antenatal parenting classes, run by our midwives may be helpful for you to prepare for the birth. The classes will help you understand what will happen in labour and may help you to feel less anxious.
The midwife will tell you what is available to reduce labour pain. If you need more information about epidurals (an injection into your back to numb the lower half of your body), the midwife can arrange for you to meet an Anaesthetist at our Anaesthetic Clinic to discuss various aspects of this procedure.
If you cannot go to antenatal classes, you should still ask your midwife about what is available to support you. You can then discuss this with the midwife who cares for you while you are in labour.Where you choose to give birth can affect how well you cope/deal with labour pain. If you feel at ease in the place you give birth, you may be more relaxed and less anxious about labour. For some women this means giving birth at home, but other women feel reassured by the support offered at the hospital.
If you are planning to give birth in our hospital, it may be helpful to look round before hand. Many of our antenatal classes offer a tour as part of the class and if you are between 16 – 28 weeks pregnant we invite you to attend our ‘Your Pregnancy Matters’ event. Details on how to book are on the front page of the website.