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Be the best birth partner you can

Once inside the hospital, you have one big job to do and that is to be as supportive as possible throughout the birth. Can’t remember a thing about the ante-natal classes? Don’t panic, it’s not too late to get clued up.

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Packing for the hospital

Labour step-by-step

This is it. You've got the baby's bedroom decorated. You've applied for a season ticket and made a provisional application for a place on the football training course at the local club. Now there's just the small matter of the birth. Hmm.

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Complications at birth explained

Most births go without a hitch. But sometimes there are complications. Midwives are well used to dealing with most of these difficulties and they don't necessarily mean a drama. And there are always doctors available if things get really difficult. Here are some of the more common complications.

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Long gone are the days when dads-to-be sat around smoking endless fags while the missus was in giving birth. Nowadays you've got a big job to do, so here are some essential do's and don'ts for the big day...

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