Childbirth is a critical time for mother and baby. Here are some easy to understand resources to help you prepare a plan for your labour and delivery.
Signs of labour
Stages of labour
Pain relief during child birth
Every birth and labour is different and each woman experiences labour pain differently. As part of your birth plan, you need to think about what pain relief you want during labour and the birth. Various medication and non-medication techniques are available for pain relief during labour and the birth. It's important to know your options and discuss your choices with your lead maternity carer. Read more about pain relief during child birth.
Your recovery after vaginal delivery
Your recovery after caesearian delivery
For a much larger list of topics relating to pregnancy and baby care in multiple languages, see Health Information Translations, US
Tauwhirotia te hapūtanga – pregnancy, birth and newborn care National Women's Health, Auckland DHB, NZ
Sleep On Side Cure Kids, NZ
Common questions in pregnancy The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZOG)
Women's health – patient information The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZOG)
Maternity – information sheets Capital and Coast DHB, NZ
Pregnancy La Leche League, NZ
Online course – Women’s Health After Motherhood Fee applies Future Learn
Online course – Journey to birth Fee applies Future Learn