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For many parents, this is the scariest and the most exciting part - there will be pain, but when it's all over, your baby will finally be in your arms.  

The information here can help you prepare for every stage of the journey.

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Information on the Second Stage of Labour

August 14, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

The second stage of labour begins with full dilation and ends with your baby's birth. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to two or three hours.
Video about labour and birth

Video About Labour and Birth

August 14, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

There are 4 stages of labour. Watch to learn what happens and how you might feel during each stage.

The First Stage of Labour - Early Phase

August 13, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

The first stage of labour begins with contractions that continue to increase in length and intensity, and ends when the cervix is fully dilated.

Telling Pre-Labour and True Labour Apart

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

It's easy to confuse pre-labour with true labour. Here's a list of signs to help you tell the difference.

Special Issues With Multiple Births

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

If you're expecting more than one baby, you already know you'll be facing extra challenges as parents.

Special Issues With Low Weight Babies

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Babies who weigh less than 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) at birth are considered "low birth weight" babies. Some, but not all, are born preterm.

Caesarean Birth Overview and FAQs

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

A caesarean birth (or C-section) is the birth of a baby through a cut in your abdomen and uterus .

Episiotomy, Vacuum and Forceps During Labour and Birth

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Even if you're planning for a natural birth, it's good to be prepared for the fact that minor medical interventions may be needed.

Practicing Breathing Techniques for Labour

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Certain kinds of breathing can help you feel more relaxed during labour. Here are some techniques you can practice well ahead of your due date, to make sure you're ready when the time comes.

Pain Relief Options for Labour and Birth

August 11, 2013 by goldilocks

Pain is a natural part of labour and birth, but every woman's experience is different. Similarly, there are lots of different approaches to managing pain.



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