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Birth: from baby's perspective

With thoughtful research, an active imagination and well-earned poetic licence, Sarah Tennant presents a baby’s eye view of birth. Does labour hurt? I don’t mean for the mother. I’m writing this while heavily pregnant with my fourth child – that …

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How to get baby in the best position for birth

Trying to get your baby into an optimal position for birth was called 'maternal posturing' in 19th century publications, so it isn't a new idea. Birth has a physical, emotional and mental side to it. There is nature and a bit of science involved. …

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What to expect if baby will be induced

Nearly a third of mums need inductions to bring their babies into the world. Obstetrician Dr Emma Parry outlines what to expect. Induction of labour is the process of bringing labour on earlier than it would naturally happen. It is very common and …

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Signs that you're in labour

It’s such an exciting time – you’ve been patiently (or not!) been waiting for nine long months, and finally, your baby could be here any day now! Bear in mind that full term pregnancy is classed as the period between 37 to 42 weeks. Only 3-5% of …

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Place of birth: why it matters where you labour

What a difference a space makes. SARAH TENNANT investigates birth spaces past and present, and the thinking behind their architecture and design. Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us”. I’ve been wondering …

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When push comes to shove: dads in the delivery room

The reality of labour and birth can be a bit of an eye-opener for all involved, but especially dads-to-be. Hannah Davidson passes on some advice from fellas who have recently been there. Although I had warned him that things might get primal, …

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How to: labour with power

Knowledge is power, they say, but it can also bring peace of mind. Dr Nick Walker explains the birthing process and what you can do to get ready for delivery.  Bing bing! My text message alert wakes me at 3.45am, informing me that one of my …