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Labour and birth

What happens when I think I am in labour?

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

Midwives can offer advice over the telephone at the beginning of your labour to allow you to stay at home until you are ready to come into the unit.

Vale of Leven CMU

Vale of Leven CMU is a purpose built facility which opened in 2004.

In particular, we have a modern, clean birthing pool (Aquadural).  Our very experienced midwives advocate the use of the pool as it has proven to help women have a positive birth experience (see leaflet 'Use of Water For Labour & Birth').  Research has shown that using the pool can be effective in reducing the need for medication.

You can use the pool to help you stay comfortable during labour and if you choose, you can also give birth in it.

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.

Mobility, massage, relaxing music, eating & drinking, breathing and relaxation techniques, TENS and the birthing pool, can make all the difference.  Equanox (gas and air) and pethidine are available as required.

A supportive birth partner enhances your birth experience.  Birth partners are welcomed at the antenatal workshops to prepare for the experience.  During labour, birth partners are encouraged to participate in the birthing process.

What happens once the waters break?

What about pain management?

Can any mum-to-be give birth at the CMU?

What happens if there's a problem?