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Pregnancy
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…

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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…

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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…

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Pregnancy
Vaccination

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…

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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…

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Screening test

Getting the results Don’t expect the result to tell you if yes or no your baby has a specific condition. Instead, it will tell you if you are high/low risk. What happens if we are a “high risk”? Women or babies found to be at high risk of a problem will be offered a diagnostic…

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All about health checks during pregnancy

During your pregnancy you will see a healthcare practitioner, your GP, a midwife or an obstetrician every few weeks. You can find out more about the tests in this article.

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Baby’s due date

When is the baby due date? If your mentrual periods are regular then it will be 40 weeks from the first day of your last period. If your periods are irregular then your first scan will give you a clear indication of your due date. When will we know the gender of the baby? If…

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Birth
Hospital vs. Home birth

You have the right to choose where you give birth! At home or in the hospital.

As a woman you may have a strong preference as to where you want to birth your baby. Whether you do or don’t, here are the facts and considerations to help you make the right choice.