Stages of Labour



When should I go to hospital?

There are several signs that labour may have begun but knowing when is the right time to go to the hospital can still be difficult to tell ... perhaps you should familiarise yourself with the signs.

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Myleene's little Hero

British singer-turned-TV star Myleene Klass became a mother for the second time on Friday, welcoming a little girl named Hero.

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Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr joins fight against fistula

A very-pregnant Miranda Kerr has fronted a new video campaign to raise awareness of fistula, a birth complication which can spell death developing countries.

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The after-effects of labour, including pain and swelling, can vary.

Recovery after birth

Regardless of whether you deliver vaginally or by Caesarean section, all mothers will experience certain symptoms as they recover from giving birth.

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A baby enjoys skin-to-skin time after childbirth

Easing labour pain naturally

Terrified by memories of her sister giving birth, Chantal Stravens learned hypnosis so she could stay calm during her own labour.

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Rise in induced births worries doctors

One in three pregnant women in NSW has her labour induced - a rise of at least 15 per cent in the past 10 years - with almost half of inductions done without a medical reason.

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Birth Boom

Packing your hospital bag

The days of grabbing your keys, mobile and wallet and heading out the door are soon to be over, and it all starts with the birth! Here is a comprehensive checklist devised by Essential Baby members to help you with your first step on the journey of parenthood!

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