Labour and Birth

Giving birth and meeting your baby for the first time can be an amazing experience. It can also feel a little scary, but knowing what to expect can help you feel ready. There’s no single ‘right way’ to have a baby. You’ll make choices based on your wishes, your health, and your baby’s needs. The more you know about birth, the more in control you’ll feel. This helps you have the best birth for you.

The maternity teams in Somerset are here to support you, and your midwife will guide you through the process.

This part shares information on how babies are born, with or without medical help. Learn about the stages of labour, options for pain relief and your baby’s first moments.