What affects my breathing in labour?
A major part of midwifery care during labour is listening to and recording your baby’s heartbeat to help identify if there are any problems.
An anaesthetist is a fully qualified doctor with specialist training who you may meet at various points throughout your pregnancy and birth.
A caesarean section, or C-section, is an operation to deliver your baby through a cut made in your tummy and womb.
Commercial umbilical cord blood collection refers to a service offered by commercial companies to harvest and store stem cells following family requests even though there may be no medical indication.
Read information about labour and birth on NHS.uk and RCOG.org.uk
Find out how to get ready for the birth including making a birth plan.
If it's your first pregnancy, you may feel unsure about when you should go into hospital or a midwifery unit. The best thing to do is to call your hospital or unit for advice.
Read about how to tell if you're in labour.
What you'll need for labour and birth. Get a few things ready at least 3 weeks before your due date.
Signs that labour has begun - Know the signs.
Call your midwife or maternity unit if:
- your waters break
- you have vaginal bleeding
- your baby is moving less than usual
- you're less than 37 weeks pregnant and think you might be in labour
Before inducing labour, you'll be offered a membrane sweep, also known as a cervical sweep, to bring on labour.
An induced labour is one that's started artificially. Sometimes labour can be induced if your baby is overdue or there's any risk to you or your baby's health.
- Latent stage of labour
- Established labour (1st stage of labour)
- 2nd stage of labour
- 3rd stage of labour
Assisted delivery. An assisted birth (also known as an instrumental delivery) is when forceps or a ventouse suction cup are used to help deliver the baby.
An umbilical cord prolapse usually happens during labour but can occur when the waters break before labour starts. Please read the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines on Umbilical cord prolapse in late pregnancy.
Contact North Bristol NHS Trust Maternity
Antenatal Assessment Unit (Quantock Assessment Unit)
Telephone: 0117 4146906
Cossham Birth Centre, Kingswood
Telephone: 0117 4145150
Southmead Maternity Reception
Telephone: 0117 4146894
Mendip Birth Centre, Southmead
Telephone: 0117 4146900
Mendip Ward, Southmead (Postnatal / Transitional Care)
Telephone: 0117 4146901
Southmead Hospital Switchboard: 0117 9505050