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Birth

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Last reviewed: April 2020


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Labour complications

Even if you’re healthy and well prepared for childbirth, there’s always a chance of unexpected problems. Learn more about labour complications.

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What happens to your body during childbirth

During childbirth, the body’s hormones and muscles, as well as the shape of the pelvis, all work together to bring the baby safely into the world.

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Induced labour

Induced labour is a medical treatment to start labour. It may be recommended if your baby needs to be born before labour is due to start naturally.

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Preterm labour - myDr.com.au

Going into labour before your 37th week of pregnancy is called preterm labour, or premature labour.

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Signs of premature labour

Preterm labour is when you go in to labour before your pregnancy reaches 37 weeks.

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Induced labour – what are the options?

Induced labour can be started in several ways. Your doctor will discuss with you what your options are as well as any possible risks to you or your baby.

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Slow progress in labour

Slow progress in labour (also known as failure to progress in labour or prolonged labour) occurs when labour doesn’t go as quickly as expected. Your doctor may need to intervene to help you have your baby.

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Pregnancy: premature labour & birth | Raising Children Network

Are you likely to be having a premature birth? Here’s all you need to know about preparing for and recovering from premature labour and birth.

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Childbirth trauma

While many pregnant women know that labour will be hard work, very few mums-to-be expect their labour and childbirth to be complicated and/or dangerous.

Read more on Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) website

Interventions during labour

An ‘intervention’ is an action taken by a midwife or doctor that literally intervenes in the birthing process. Read about the different types of intervention.

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