Preparing for Labour

Every woman and every pregnancy is different; we believe that each birth is a natural and unique event. Our experienced midwives will be there to provide tailored one to one care, guiding and supporting you through labour and the birth of your baby.

We have ten private delivery suites that are comfortable, modernised rooms, equipped with various birthing aids to support and enhance your experience.

What can you do to prepare for labour?
  • Train for your labour - be mentally and physically prepared to meet your baby
  • Eat healthy food
  • Practice birth positions and breathing
  • Maintain regular physical activity
  • From 34 weeks, practice Perineal Massage daily
  • Most importantly, make sure you and your partner are aware of each other’s wishes for the labour and birth of your baby. Be sure that you are confi dent in communicating these wishes
  • Discuss any fears or doubts in advance of the labour and birth
  • Believe you can do it
How you can help start labour naturally?
  • Squatting
  • Footpath walking commonly known as kerb walking. 
  • All fours position.
  • Many women have found the use of acupuncture, homeopathic remedies and complementary treatments helpful.
  • Have positive thoughts surrounding the birth. 
  • Be fearless.

 

Signs of labour
  • Contractions: Contractions are a rhythmic process, building to an intense peak and then fading, it is the only definite sign that labour maybe underway. Normally you need to be having contractions 3 to 4 minutes apart lasting at least 40 to 60 seconds to be in established labour. Remember to rest and relax your body inbetween contractions. 
  • Waters break: If your waters break it is necessary to come into the hospital to confirm that they have gone, to record your baby’s heartbeat and make a plan for your baby’s birth. You may experience a gush of fluid or a leak of fluid which keeps leaking making it necessary to wear a pad. The waters may be clear, slightly green meconium or blood stained. If your waters are meconium stained or heavily blood stained, you will have to remain in hospital for monitoring, until your baby is born.
When should you come into hospital for an assessment?
  • Regular contractions lasting 40 to 60 seconds
  • Waters break
  • Bright red blood loss
  • If you are concerned baby movements are reduced
  • If you have a severe headache or visual disturbances

You do not need to ring in advance to say you are presenting to the hospital. However, if you need advice, do not hesitate to call and ask to speak to a midwife: Tel (01) 637 3100.