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Labour and birth

When the time comes to give birth to your baby, it is important that you feel relaxed in your surroundings.

Inverclyde CMU's birthing suite, along with the rest of the unit, was completely refurbished and is state of the art.

In particular, we have installed a new birthing pool, which you can use to help you stay comfortable during labour and give birth in if you choose.  We also provide birth mats, birthing balls and birthing stools.  You can bring in your own CDs, or choose from a selection we provide, and have the lights dimmed in order make the birth as peaceful and private as possible.

It is these kinds of things that can help you in controlling pain.  Before giving birth, your midwife will have spend some time discussing this with you and will help you to overcome your worries and fears.

Massage, relaxing music, breathing techniques and the birthing pool can make all the difference - but if these are not enough, you can have Entonox (gas and air) and, if appropriate, the drug pethidine to help make contractions less pain.  Like every drug, this has drawbacks and these will have been explained to you by your midwife.