Birth Info Sheets

Maternity Coalition’s info sheets:

These info sheets below are designed to assist women to question and communicate with their care-givers, and make informed decisions about their maternity care. This will help to ensure that the care offered is appropriate for the woman, her pregnancy, her goals and her individual circumstances.


Preparing your Birth Plan

Your birth plan is a personal statement of issues that are important to you. This INFOSHEET is intended to assist you in preparing a birth plan, and is particularly focused on protecting natural, physiological processes in labour, birth, and the early postnatal period.


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Breech Birth

At term, 3-4% of babies will be presenting in the breech position. … Whether to plan for natural vaginal breech birth, or a medically managed (either vaginal or caesarean) birth, is an important decision.


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Decision Making for Breech

Information to help you with decision making if you are thinking about a spontaneous, un-medicated breech birth


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Baby’s First Feed

“A healthy newborn baby who is kept in skin to skin contact with the mother from birth will begin to seek her breast, usually within minutes of birth.”


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Baby’s Transition

“Birth is a time of enormous change for a baby. The transition from life inside the mother’s womb, to life in this world, requires many important natural or physiological changes to take place.”


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A Healthy Pelvic Floor After Childbirth

“… many women experience injury at the time of birth which may lead to leaking of urine or faeces (incontinence), sagging organs (prolapse), and related problems with sexual intercourse, and with their feelings of self worth.”


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The Third Stage of Labour

The third stage is a pivotal time for the health and wellbeing of mother and baby, and the beginning of their life-long relationship.


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Post Natal Exercise

Exercises for mum and baby where the women is well and actively attending to their own and the needs of their babies


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Pre-Labour Rupture of Membranes

For a small number of women, the membranes rupture (water breaks) prior to the onset of labour. The medical term for this is Pre-labour Rupture of Membranes (PROM)


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Induction of Labour

Understanding what induction is, and why it may be an important and even life-saving intervention for some women, will help you to make informed decisions.


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Birth After Caesarean

If you have already had a caesarean birth, and plan to have more pregnancies, an important decision for you to make will be whether you should plan vaginal or surgical birth. Here are some facts for you to consider in making an informed decision.


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Labour in Water

How you will manage pain is a decision that you need to consider in planning for spontaneous, unmedicated birth. Deep water immersion is a valuable, non-medical, drug free ‘comfort measure’ for women in labour.


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Bearing Down or Directed Pushing?

Whether to follow the instinctive urge of bearing down, or to have another person direct the pushing efforts, is a decision that each mother needs to consider in planning for spontaneous birth.


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