Getting ready for your new arrival

Not long now! Here are a few things you may want to think about while you're preparing for your baby to arrive. Labour can seem like quite a scary prospect, especially as you approach the end of your pregnancy, but don’t forget that this is also when you'll reap the best possible reward for of all the hard work you’ve been doing – actually meeting your baby for the first time!
If you're feeling nervous or anxious about labour, rest assured that these feelings are perfectly normal. We've put together some useful advice to help you feel more prepared for the big day – after all, knowledge is power!
Have you thought about writing a birth plan yet? If not, we've got a free downloadable birth plan that you can personalise with your wishes for what you would like to happen during and after the birth.

What really happens during labour?

Labour is an incredible process of transformation, and your body will go through some natural changes in order to bring your baby into the world. Here's what happens during the three different stages of labour and what you can expect during this time.

Where to give birth

You have several options when it comes to where you'd like to give birth. Here's what to expect if you choose to have your baby at home, in a maternity unit, or in hospital.

What to put in your hospital bag

How much do you really need to take along on the big day? Our mum-approved checklist will help you get packed.

Hypnosis for labour and birth

Hypnosis aims to help pregnant women replace fear and expectations of pain with the confidence that birth is safe, gentle and even comfortable.

Postnatal support

As a new mum, there is lots of help available to you. Here's where you can get some extra support, if you want it, once your little one arrives.