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Introduction to birth

Find out your options about where you can give birth, what happens during labour, your pain-relief choices, who'll help you and what life's like in the early days after your baby's been born.

In this section

Birth options
You have several options about where to give birth
Home births
The pros and cons of having your baby at home
Assisted birth
What may happen if you or your baby face problems during labour
Caesarean section
Why you may need a caesarean and what it involves
Stages of labour
What to expect during the three stages of labour
Care and support during labour
The people who may help you during labour
Pain relief
What you may be offered to relieve labour pains
Twin births
How labour and birth differ if you're expecting twins - or more
Special care
The specialist care offered to babies who are born early
Coping after the birth
How to deal with the challenges of looking after a new baby
Postnatal depression
What to do if your 'baby blues' become more serious
Early days and what to expect
Tests, body changes and emotions in the weeks after the birth
Sex after birth
When you can resume having sex and what it'll be like
What your new baby can do
Discover your newborn baby's hidden talents
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