How to prepare for birth

We are on a mission to educate, help and empower you through your pregnancy and birth journey so you can make the right choices for you. 

Our expert midwives Karen McEwen and Lesley Gilchrist have developed a series of short educational antenatal videos taking you from how to prepare for birth, packing your hospital bag, the different types of pain relief, the different stages of labour, giving birth, delivering the placenta and the golden hour.

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We recognise that preparing for the birth of your baby takes a lot of thought and planning, especially if this is your first baby. Our team of inhouse expert midwives have written a mix of FREE downloadable guides and printable checklists to help you prepare for birth from perineal massage, to understanding pain relief options for when you are in labour so you can make the right choices, to preparing your hospital bag and becoming a new mum.

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100% midwife led, evidence based antenatal classes

From bump to baby, our expert midwife delivered antenatal classes will help you to gather all the knowledge you need for labour, birth and your journey into parenthood. We offer a variety of educational classes:

  • antenatal classes, local to you
  • antenatal interactive 2 hour workshops, live online
  • antenatal 1 hour live webinars

All our classes are taught by registered midwives, click here to discover a class that is right for you.

How to use the B.R.A.I.N acronym

This is a useful tool to use to dig deep into the choices you may have offered to you, for example even when you are in an antenatal appointment if you remember this B.R.A.I.N acronym it will help be confident enough to ask questions, so you come away feeling more informed and empowered to make the right choices for you and your baby.

How to pack your hospital bag

Learn how to pack your hospital bag for you, for your partner and your newborn, with the must have essentials and top tips to make it all easily accessible.   You can also download our Hospital Bag guide on our website using this link, plus a helpful printable checklist.  Pack well, pack sensibly.

Non-Pharmacological pain relief

Everything you need to know about non-pharmacological pain relief as you prepare your birth plan and make the right choices. From using water pools, tens machine, massage, adapting your labour room to make it more comfortable and using aromatherapy alongside breathing techniques like hypnobirthing. You can also download our Pain Relief guide on our website using this link.

Pharmacological pain relief

There are lots of different options from what you can use at home in early labour, having a home birth or once you are in active labour the options that you can request or may be offered depending upon what stage you are at.

How to understand and recognise the different stages of Labour

Do you know what signs to look out for when you are getting ready for labour? Learn more from our registered midwives Lesley Gilchrist + Karen McEwen from the early stages to active labour and what to look out for.

Giving birth + delivering the placenta

This short video will take you on a journey of what to expect once you are fully dilated at 10cm and your baby starts to make its journey through the birth canal, the feelings, and sensations you may experience through the contractions and giving birth, delivering the placenta and the post birth examination of your perineum.

Benefits of the golden hour

The first hour after your baby is born is called the Golden Hour, in this video you will learn more about what you can do in that first hour and the benefits that come with skin-to-skin contact including keeping your newborn warm, bonding, increasing your oxytocin levels to support milk production and help contract the uterus, making that first experience of breastfeeding more relaxed for both you and baby.   Remember to include this in your birth plan to share with your labour team whether you are having a vaginal or caesarean birth.

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