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PREPARING FOR LABOUR & BIRTH

All you need to know to prepare for labour and birth

Labour and birth

When preparing for the birth of your new baby, you will have lots of questions about labour and birth, such as:

  • What happens during labour and birth

    • Preparing for the birth 

    • Find out how to get ready for the birth including making a birth plan

  • Signs of labour 

    • Read about how to tell if you're in labour

  • What happens in labour and birth 

    • Find out what happens during labour and birth

  • After the birth 

    • All you need to know about what happens after the birth

If you'd like answers to these questions and more information about how to get ready for the birth of your baby, signs of labour and what happens both during and after the birth, click here to go to the NHS website. 

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SUPPORT DURING PREGNANCY

Explore links, advice and support about pregnancy

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WEEK-BY-WEEK GUIDE

Better understand your pregnancy with this week-by-week guide 

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Midwifery services available to support new parents and their babies

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PREPARING FOR SAFE SLEEPING

Safer sleeping information from the Lullaby Trust

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SMOKING, ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCES

Alcohol or substance misuse and stop smoking support

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STAYING HEALTHY IN PREGNANCY

How to look after yourself and your developing baby

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SYMPTOMS AND COMPLICATIONS

Common symptoms and complications in pregnancy

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About Badger Net and Badger Notes' digital pregnancy care record

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VACCINATIONS IN PREGNANCY

Recommended vaccinations during pregnancy on the NHS website 

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PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mental health and wellbeing for parents, partners and carers 

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BENEFITS & FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Useful tips and information about benefits and finance

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