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Giving birth

Should you choose an obstetrician or a maternity hospital first?

Here’s what you need to consider when weighing up your maternity hospital and obstetrician choices.

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A few things you may not have expected in the days before and after birth

This article aims to overview a few of the changes that you and your baby may undergo in the last days of pregnancy and first days after birth.

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Blokes and birth - how important are they?

Whilst it is understandable that birth does at first glance appear to be a woman’s domain there is a massive contribution that men can make. Some of the fundamentals of birth need to be understood in order to contribute positively.

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Caesarean – the easy road? Not so much.

Decisions relating to normal birth or caesarean are becoming increasingly complicated with women expressing pressure to take one or other direction for their birth.

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What sort of birth do you want?

“What sort of birth do you want” is a common question many first time mothers-to-be are asked.

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Looking after yourself after a C-section

Looking after yourself after a C-section is as much about looking after your mind as it is about your body. In some cases, it may be more important, as your state of mind and mood may affect how well you look after your body.

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Tips for recovery after a caesarean

Mater Mothers provides some tips for recovery after a caesarean which includes mobility exercises, how to protect your incision, planning for home and pain relief.

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Abdominal muscle separation during and after pregnancy

Here are some myths to bust on abdominal muscle separation during and after pregnancy.

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Am I in labour?

The following information should help you to understand these signs and make it easier for you to determine whether you are in labour.

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Demystifying birthing options for real

This talk sets matters straight when she explains the factors at play when choosing a mode of delivery - from natural deliveries, Vaginal Birth after Caesareans (VBAC), to instrumental deliveries and caesareans.

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Labour and contractions

Before we are handed the tiny love of our life in a pastel striped blanket, we all know that there is the unknown of labour awaiting us.

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Epidurals: the pros and cons

Bupa's Dr Tim Ross talks through what an epidural is, how they work, the pros, the cons and making a birth plan.

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Labour pain

Labour is not to be feared, it is a truly special and amazing process to bring your own baby into the world. Supported by a loving team, for the majority of women it is a special day to prepare for and welcome.

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Choices in childbirth

Have you considered what kind of birth you want? This informative talk will help you learn more about the choices available to you.

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Top 10 questions about pregnancy and birth answered

Midwifery and Maternity Providers Organisation (MMPOA) know first-time expectant parents often have many questions about the journey ahead. Here they answer the most common questions qualified midwives are asked.This Bupa Parenting Insights talk is given by Liz Wilkes, CEO of MMPOA. Liz answers the following 10 questions:

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Labour pain relief options

Discover the different forms of labour pain relief options that are available to you during the birth experience.

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Pregnancy - from the perspective of an Obstetrician

This talk discusses the latest pre-conception advice, tips for your pregnancy journey and advice for keeping both mum-to-be and unborn baby happy and healthy.

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Back to fitness and form post-baby

Senior Exercise Physiologist, Nicole French gives a practical and insightful talk on the fitness challenges post-birth and how to overcome them.

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