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As you are over 40 there are some risk for you in pregnancy. These include a greater risk of Down's syndrome, greater medical intervention, and, depending on your pre-pregnancy fitness and health, your body may feel the physical effects of pregnancy more than a...

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There is no set format for a birth plan; it can consist of a few simple instructions, or detailed notes. It is important to include those issues that most concern you, and to list your preferences, but try not to sound too confrontational. Discuss the plan with...

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There are a number of arrangements that need to be made well in advance of your labour so that everything runs smoothly when you have to go into hospital. Make a list of relevant contact numbers, keep them by the telephone, and tell another person where they are in...

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An epidural should be considered when you, or your obstetrician or midwife feel that the pain is more than you can cope with. You are more likely to need epidural pain relief if your baby is in the posterior position, and intensive contractions result in little...

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It is sometimes necessary to start labour artificially. This is known as induction of labour or, if your waters have already broken, stimulation of labour. Induction of labour is usually easier if you have had one or more babies before by normal delivery, and if your...

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The three main medical types of pain relief used in childbirth are entonox (gas and air), pethidine (or other opiate drug), and epidural anaesthesia. Non-medical methods include breathing techniques, and the TENS machine which, although they may not completely...

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