How we can help

If you are having difficulty understanding your options in childbirth, we are happy to help you. 

We have helped countless women navigate the system. Whether you are being labelled 'high risk' and are not being supported by your care providers (eg you want a home birth but you have a high BMI) or you want to know more about VBAC, we are here to provide you with evidence based information. Informed consent is key & we will do everything we can to support you. 

""My baby was breech with so signs of turning. The hospital told me I was to book a planned C-section. I knew in my heart that my body could deliver my baby, but I had no support. I contacted WPCTS & they provided me with crucial information to make an informed decision. They even provided a service to help me write a letter to my trust in order to get the support I needed. I felt confident in my choices & armed with information. If I did not receive their support, I would have no doubt been coerced into a procedure I knew to be unnecessary. Thank you so much!"

Nikki S

BIRTH TIPS

SIGNS OF LABOUR

There are many signs that labour is approaching. It is a very exciting time. Many mama’s anticipate that first sign that the baby is on his way. Here are a few things to look out for. 

  • Mucous plug

  • Bloody show

  • Diarrhea 

  • Nesting behaviour 

  • Baby ‘drops’

  • Cramps

STAGES OF LABOUR

There are 3 stages of labour. The first stage has 2 parts. 

  • Stage 1 - This is where you will experience contractions as your cervix begins to efface and dilate. 

    • EARLY LABOUR -  Early labour or (latent phase of labour) is categorised when your cervix is under 4cm dilated. You may experience regular or irregular contractions during this period. 

    • ESTABLISHED LABOUR - Established labour (or active phase of labour) this is when you have passed the 4cm mark. Your contractions are strong and regular. If you choose to give birth at a hospital, you will be asked to come in when your contractions are 3 in 10 minutes. This does not necessarily mean you are in established labour.  

  • Stage 2- This is the pushing phase of labour. When you are 10cm Dilated. 

  • Stage 3- Your placenta is born

 

It is worth noting that labels have been assigned to stages of labour. Birth does not follow a script. Many say there are no official ‘stages’ of labour. Your body will do what it needs to do, when it needs to do it. Having a time frame is not always helpful.

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