So you’ve waited 9 months and the day you’re meeting your baby is getting closer. But how will you know ‘this is it’? What will it feel like? Will you know it’s labour? What should you do? Well one thing we can say is that it’s usually nothing like you see on TV. A woman, heavily pregnant suddenly clutches her belly, the waters break, she … Continue reading How will I know I’m in labour?
What is early labour? Early labour, often called the ‘latent phase’ is when the cervix starts softening, thinning out and opening. The cervix goes from being a long closed tube to being flat against the baby’s head and amniotic sac. As the labour progresses the cervix opens up to around 10cm at which time you’re fully dilated. Labour is considered to be ‘established’ , in … Continue reading How do I cope with a long labour?
The latent phase of birth (sometimes known as pre-labour) is the stage leading up to established labour. Established labour is typified by strong regular contractions from around 4cms onwards. Continue reading “If A Woman Has A Long Latent Phase…”