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Home births are as safe as hospital births for low risk mothers, particularly if it is your second or subsequent baby and you are more likely to have a vaginal birth without interventions. You can, however, change your mind to a hospital birth at any time during pregnancy or labour. If you are considering a home birth, or would like more information, discuss this with your midwife.
It is your choice where you have your baby. If you are considered high risk or have any medical conditions, you may be advised to have your baby in hospital. In Leeds there are two hopsitals where you can choose to have your baby - Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) or St James' University Hospital (SJUH). Leeds are also incredibly lucky to have The Lotus Midwifery Led Unit (LMU) at LGI. Depending on your medical history, you can opt to birth your baby at the maternity unit at either LGI or SJUH, or at the LMU. Ask your doctor or midwife about any of these options.
During labour and birth, there are various pain relief options available. The options available can all vary, depending on where you are planning to give birth. Each comes with their own advantages and disadvantages. The list below will hopefully help you to make your own informed decision about pain relief options during childbirth.
Hormones Involved During Childbirth What Triggers Labour? Waters Breaking (Rupture of Membranes) Mucus Plug Contractions or Surges Placenta Hormones Involved During Childbirth There are four main hormones that are responsible for the process of childbirth. Oxytocin, adrenaline, endorphins and prolactin. Other hormones involved are oestrogen, progesterone, prostaglandin and relaxin. Oxytocin Oxytocin is the […]
Knowing what to pack in your hospital bag can be daunting and stressful. You'll want to aim to have your bags all packed at least two weeks before your due date. Here are some of the things that you might want think about taking with you for mum, baby and birth partner.