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Labour & Birth Checklist

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Labour & Birth Checklist

This labour & birth checklist works as a quick reminder to focus on you when you are in labour. There can be a lot going on so it is easy to forget the small, important details.

There’s a lot of simple things that can make a huge difference to how you are feeling from those early contractions, right through to giving birth.

Here’s a quick guide to your labour & birth checklist…

  • are you using your breathing? You can use your relaxation and breathing techniques to remain calm, to help your contractions and to give you energy.
  • can you rest? Using positions to rest and conserve energy can be crucial, especially if labour is over several hours.
  • do you need to move/change position? Listen to your body, move about to be as comfortable as possible.
  • do you need to eat? Food is important for both you and your baby during labour. You might need to snack regularly or you could be ravenous.
  • are you going to the loo regularly? Your baby needs every bit of space – a full bladder can affect your contractions as well as impact the position of your baby.

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  • what do you need? Always put yourself at the centre of your care and ask yourself what you need if you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • do you need to ask questions? If you are unsure about anything, if you are feeling overwhelmed, if you don’t know what’s going on, if you need to know what your options are, ask questions.
  • do you feel safe? If you can’t settle, if you are on edge, something needs to change. Feeling safe in labour is essential, it allows your body to do what it needs to do.
  • could you be more upright? It’s always worth checking on your position, especially if your contractions have eased.
  • are you drinking plenty of water? Becoming dehydrated can make you tired and more uncomfortable, so always have some water with you.

It can seem like this is a lot to remember but it’s really just about being guided by your instincts and by your body. And you’ve got this checklist to help you.

When it comes to labour & birth, try to remember that your body is doing it.

Your focus needs to be about:
*giving your body the fuel it needs
*moving for comfort and to give your baby the space he needs
*breathing for calm to give you the headspace you need


For effective birth preparation, I have digital courses and you can book a session with me for your have questions.

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An experienced specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parenting, I have worked with parents since 2002. I am based in the North East so I regularly work with parents from Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead and across North Tyneside. Face-to-face sessions will continue with North East parents but digital courses and online sessions means I can work with parents everywhere.