As you prepare for your baby’s birth, the private maternity care team who have supported you throughout your pregnancy will help you to get ready for the birth. You will have lots to prepare for when you bring your baby home, but you also need to prepare for the moment when labour begins.
1. Know Your Plan: If you are having an elective caesarean, you will decide on the day when your baby will be born. If you will be waiting for labour to start naturally, you will need to know how to recognise the signs. You will also draw up a birth plan with your private maternity care team at the London clinic. It will help you to think about what you want to happen during labour, including your preferences for pain relief.
2. Be Prepared: As your due date or the date of your planned caesarean draws near, it is important to get ready for the big event. You should make sure that you have your hospital bag packed well in advance and that you know how you plan to get to the maternity unit. It is also important to know that your birth partner will be within reach when you go into labour, so be extra careful to keep your mobiles charged and to think carefully about any travel plans.
3. Learn to Recognise the Signs: You need to be able to recognise the signs that labour is starting, even if you are planning to have a caesarean. It is usually time to get in touch with your private maternity care team when you start having strong, regular contractions that are about five minutes apart and which last for about 45 to 60 seconds. Make sure that you leave enough time to get to the maternity unit in London, but try not to come in too early as you will probably be more comfortable at home in the early stages of labour. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re not sure whether you’re ready to come in. There’s no need to feel embarrassed even if it turns out you aren’t in labour yet. It’s always better to ask.