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Pain relief options during labour

Many women find it reassuring to know the pain-relief options available to them well in advance of their due date. Putting a pain-relief plan that suits you in place can also be comforting and help you feel more in control once labour begins.

Birth plan

When to confirm your birth plan? Your midwife will discuss your birth plan a few weeks before your due date and will be able to answer any questions you may have. Your midwife will also be able to advice which option will be best for you and all the pros and cons. What should be…

Birth options

What is a labour ward? The labour ward is for women who want to give birth with the support of obstetric doctors and midwives. Women that are having a C-section or planning on having an epidural will need to go to the labour ward. What is a birth centre? Birth centres are small low-tech maternity…

Baby’s position

What is a breech position? A breech position is when baby is lying feet first with their bottom downwards (spine to spine). Normal/good positions Usually most babies settle into a position that allows them to be born headfirst. Why a breech position is not ideal for birth? When your baby is in a breech position…

Antenatal classes

When do the antenatal class will start and for how long? You should start your antenatal classes around 25 weeks and they will span over 1 month with 1 class per week (usually the same day every week). What to expect? The classes usually cover the following topics: the different stages of pregnancy coping with…

Maternity leave

When can you start your maternity leave and for how long? You can take your maternity leave at the earliest 11 weeks before the expected week of childbirth, unless the baby is born early. Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first 26 weeks is known as ‘Ordinary Maternity Leave’, the…


What is the vaccination schedule? Two vaccines are recommended for pregnant women: the flu vaccine, which should be given during the first or second trimester of pregnancy and the Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis) vaccine, given when you’re 27 to 36 weeks pregnant to fight against whooping cough. The flu vaccine is recommended because pregnant women are…

Traveling while pregnant

Until when are we allowed to travel while pregnant? Many airlines might restrict travel after 36 weeks of pregnancy. If your GP/midwife approve air travel and your plans are flexible, the best time to fly might be during your second trimester when your risks for miscarriage and preterm labor are lowest. Do we need to…