Labour and Birth
Your Lead Maternity Carer will help you prepare for this
important stage of your journey. LMC will help you on matters such
as nutrition, exercise, the risks of smoking and alcohol, Labour
and the birth process, pain relief, breastfeeding, baby care,
immunisation, well child providers. They will work with you to plan
your care and make your birth plan. You will have your own copy of
notes to keep with you.
For more information about LMC services click here.
Going into Labour
If you think you have gone into Labour, you will need to call
your midwife. Your midwife will then give you all the appropriate
advice that you will need as well as answer any questions you have.
The midwife will then notify the hospital regarding your admission.
Sometimes if you are in early labour, following an assessment, your
midwife may advise you to go home again and they will then keep in
contact arranging the time of admission.
Your Midwife can consult a Specialist if the need arises during
your Labour. Though it is not required in most of the cases where
the type of birth is normal.
Some situations where Intervention will be considered:
Induction or augmentation of Labour
This is where the woman is given some medication to get her labour
started. An Induction of Labour can be done for different reasons,
for example if the woman is past her due date or if the specialist
thinks it would be better for the baby to be delivered.
This is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby. The woman
goes to the general operating theatre for this. Caesarean sections
decisions are made in consultation with an Obstetrician, the LMC
and yourself. Women cannot choose to have a caesarean section just
because she doesn't want to labour. There must be a medical
indication for the mother or the baby.
Forceps or ventouse assisted delivery
An instrumental delivery done to assist the woman to deliver her
This is when the baby is facing bottom first rather than head
first for delivery. A footling breech birth, where the feet are
closest to the cervix, will be delivered by caesarean section.
Length of the hospital stay depends upon the type of the
delivery and what support is needed. Usually for the normal type of
birth it ranges from 24-48 hours and 72 hours for the Caesarean
delivery. The average stay is around 48 hours. It is helpful to
have your bag packed for the hospital well before you go into
labour. You can find a hospital packing checklist to help you pack
Your postnatal stay is dependent on your confidence and
competence with mother crafting and breastfeeding. Your discharge
decision is a three way conversation between yourself, your LMC and
A checklist of things not to forget:
Packing your pregnancy bag is a job you will either do too early
or too late. No matter, because at least you will have everything
you need to make your birth and first days with baby as comfortable
What Mum needs for her hospital pregnancy
- Maternity bras
- Casual day clothes
- Slippers Shoes
- Breast pads
- Maternity pads
- Lip balm
- Lots and lots of undies
- Mobile phone and charger
What Baby Needs:
- Baby clothes and a blanket to take your baby home in;
- New-born nappies, if you prefer to use disposable nappies;
- Ensure a car restraint is organised for taking your baby
August 13, 2015