Birth can be incredibly fulfilling and empowering but is also unpredictable and the unknown can be quite scary for some women and parents to be. Our role is to provide care, advise and help you where required to ensure you feel informed, supported and able to make your own decisions about your pregnancy and birth journey.

Most women go into labour from about 37 week’s gestation onwards. This is considered to be full term where the baby is well grown and able to cope well with life outside the womb.

Before you give birth, you might want to read about what to expect in early labour, pain relief in labour and elective (planned) caesareans.

You might also want to be aware of things that may happen in labour, such as inductioninstrumental delivery and emergency caesareans, although we only consider these situations to affect a minority of women.