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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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When to Call Your Healthcare Provider as Labour Starts

When to Call Your Healthcare Provider as Labour Starts

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

In real life (versus TV), labour tends to be more drawn out. It's not usually necessary to contact your healthcare provider or go to the hospital right away.
First Stage of Labour - Active Phase

First Stage of Labour - Active Phase

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

During the active phase of first-stage labour you may feel serious, quiet and introspective.
Relaxation Techniques During Labour and Birth

Relaxation Techniques During Labour and Birth

August 10, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Relaxation exercises can help with childbirth. Here are some common techniques you can try:
First Stage of Labour - Transition Phase

First Stage of Labour - Transition Phase

August 10, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

For many women, the transition phase is the most challenging part of labour.
Information on the Third Stage of Labour

Information on the Third Stage of Labour

August 10, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

In the third stage of labour the uterus contracts, and the placenta completes its separation from the wall of the uterus and is birthed. This stage can take five to 30 minutes or longer.
Meeting the Needs of Pre-term Babies

Meeting the Needs of Pre-term Babies

August 8, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

If you go into labour before the 38th week of your pregnancy, your baby will be "preterm" and may need special care. Giving birth prematurely can be stressful and unexpected.
Information on the Fourth Stage of Labour

Information on the Fourth Stage of Labour

August 8, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

The fourth stage of labour is the first two or three hours after birth. You may feel dizzy or faint if you stand up.
Comfort Positions for Labour and Birth

Comfort Positions for Labour and Birth

August 6, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

During labour, changing position frequently can make you more comfortable. It can also help you manage pain and avoid medications.
Induction During Labour and Birth

Induction During Labour and Birth

August 6, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

If you're past your due date, your healthcare provider may recommend induction – a process to start labour before it begins on its own.
Labour Partners to Support Mothers

Labour Partners to Support Mothers

August 3, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Labour partners provide support to the mother during labour and birth. Here are some tips to make sure you're prepared for this important and rewarding job!

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