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Overview of giving birth

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Giving birth is a normal part of life. But as no two births are the same, there is no way of knowing exactly how birth will be for you. There is no doubt that giving birth is challenging and life changing. Learning all you can about what happens during labour can make you feel more secure and in control.

Read this Plunket page about the stages of labour, including how to know you're in labour.

You may need pain relief during your labour. There are several medical and non-medical options for pain relief.

A birth partner can provide support during your labour and delivery.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed February 2022.

See also:

Pain relief when having a baby

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