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What exactly is a hospital birthing unit?What exactly is a hospital birthing unit?
There are many different choices available to the pregnant woman as to where she might like to have her baby born.
Can I ask for a private room in hospital after the birth?Can I ask for a private room in hospital after the birth?
There are very few general hospitals that cater for fully 'private' care following the delivery of your baby, unless you have delivered your baby in a private hospital.
Can I use the birthing pool if I've had a previous Caesarean?Can I use the birthing pool if I've had a previous Caesarean?
The use of the birthing pool can offer great benefits to the mother, in terms of pain relief in labour and for delivery of the baby.
I want to have my baby at home, what will I need to get ready?I want to have my baby at home, what will I need to get ready?
Discuss this with your midwife so you can discuss issues such as hiring a water birth, and managing pain that may be significant for your labour and delivery.
What are the signs that it is too late to go to the hospitalWhat are the signs that it is too late to go to the hospital
In first pregnancies labour lasts for around 12- 14 hours, the contractions will gradually build in intensity and length.
I want an epidural but I'm afraid about having one - should I be worried?I want an epidural but I'm afraid about having one - should I be worried?
Epidurals work by blocking pain nerves as they enter the spinal cord. A local anaesthetic is injected to numb the area of the lower back before the procedure is carried out.
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