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Labour and Childbirth

Nine months of weird cravings, swollen breasts, squished lungs and no waistline leads up to the inevitable climatic point of pregnancy; labour. There are many rumours, myths and old wives tales suggesting that women who are due feel unsettled, and perhaps even unprepared for labour and childbirth.
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First Stages of Labour
For most women, the first stage of labour is usually the longest and most intense.
Signs of labour
Water breaking, breaking the waters, water broke, membranes rupturing – they all mean the same thing.
Water Breaking Signs
The first stage of labour is usually the longest of all the stages of labour.
Birth Delivery
Preparing for childbirth
Try to have your bags packed by around 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Birth choice
Your decision about how and where to give birth to your baby will be a very personal one.
Most of us have heard of epidurals for pain relief in labour.
Premature Birth
Preterm labour
Premature labour is when labour starts before a baby's due date.
NICU terminology
It is very overwhelming for parents who find themselves in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with their premature baby.
Parents of premature babies
You and your baby may not have gotten your full 9 months, the birth plan went out the window, the celebrations of birth missing and you must now experience the rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, setbacks and triumphs, which very well could be one of the greatest life challenges you ever face.

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