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When you’re heavily pregnant, one of the last things you are likely to feel like doing is leaning over a suitcase, guessing at the items you might need…

Traditionally childbirth has been described as consisting of three “mechanisms”: • Powers – The forceful strength of co-ordinated contractions • Passage – The birth canal anatomy, including the…

 This article Teenagers and Birth explains some of the issues that are common amongst teenagers when they are at the end of pregnancy or giving birth.

This article outlines the options of where to give birth for women in New Zealand. There are 3 main options of where to give birth.

When we first see those two little lines on that little stick, one can never imagine the joy and love that is about to come. We imagine little…

Third degree tears are not common but can have long term effects on the woman’s health – find out how to minimise the risks of third degree tears.

This article explains what to expect when you return home after a Caesarean section. Life at home after a C-section can be pretty tough in the first weeks.

Pain relief is at the foremost of most women’s minds in pregnancy. This article outlines the main options for pain relief in labour in New Zealand today.

This article gives an overview of a normal birth. It tells you what to expect and how to optimise your chances of a normal birth.

This article describes the three stages of labour in pregnancy . Labour has been divided into 3 different stages, although in reality they merge seamlessly together. It is…

In this article on induction of labour we provide an overview, or summary, of what to expect during an induction.  If you know you are going to be…

This article describes induction of labour in detail. It describes why and how an induction takes place, including details of risks and complications.

HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method involves natural childbirth education, combined with self-hypnosis techniques (including deep relaxation, visualisation, affirmations and special breathing), to achieve a confident, calm, and gentle birth. HypnoBirthing involves more…

This article discusses fetal distress – why a baby may become distressed before birth and the likely consequences of fetal distress.

Episiotomies and tears are common after childbirth. This article explains episiotomies and different types of perineal tears and how they are repaired.

This article provides an overview of Caesarean section – why they are performed and the risks and complications associated with Cesarean section.

This article gives information on Caesarean in Detail – what happens before and after a Caesarean section in New Zealand, what is involved and detail on what it…

Many women in NZ make a birth plan for their labour and birth. A birth plan can help to guide your midwives and doctors and make them aware…

How will I know if I am in labour? Check our list of signs and symptoms to help you to recognise whether labour is underway.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition of pregnancy and affects many women worldwide. This article explains pre-eclampsia and the implications for mother and baby

Ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life threatening condition. Read about the causes and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy and treatment for the condition.

As many as one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. Find out more about the causes, symptoms, risks, and treatment for miscarriage for women in New Zealand today.

There are three main causes of bleeding in pregnancy. Find out why bleeding in pregnancy should always be checked out by your maternity carer.