Chapter 6

Birth

This chapter walks you through all the stages of labour, including how to identify its onset, how to work as a team, complications & interventions, & more

Chapter contents include:

The onset of labour:

  • Definite signs of action
  • Helping yourself in early labour

What’s happening? The normal pattern of labour:

  • The first stage of labour
  • The second stage of labour
  • The third stage of labour

Working as a team during labour:

  • First stage of labour
  • Checking on your baby
  • Transition (the end of the first stage)
  • Second stage of labour
  • The birth
  • Third stage of labour
  • After the birth

Complications and interventions:

  • When home birth is no longer advisable
  • Induction of labour
  • Augmenting labour
  • The ‘posterior’ baby
  • Breech birth
  • Forceps delivery
  • Vacuum (ventouse) delivery
  • Delayed delivery of the placenta
  • Post-partum haemorrhage (PPH)
  • Caesarean section
  • Actively assisting a baby to breathe (neonatal resuscitation)
  • When a baby is born with a severe abnormality

Rhiannon’s story: A first birth in hospital

Moana’s story: A first birth in hospital

Gabrielle’s story: Four home births