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If you think you’re in labour, call your midwife. Once you both decide that labour is coming along well, your midwife will come to your home. If you wish, your children can be with you during labour and/or birth, along with other people. Your midwife or midwives will take care of you during labour and birth.

Straight after the birth, if all has gone well, you can have skin-to-skin contact with your baby and breastfeed your baby. The midwife will check that you and your baby are both well. They’ll give your baby an Apgar score, cut the umbilical cord and weigh baby.

All being well, your midwife will stay at your home for several hours after the birth then come back again to check on you and your baby within 12-24 hours. If there are health concerns for you or your baby, the midwife will call an ambulance to take you to a hospital close by for care.

You can read more about what to expect in the first 48 hours after birth.

If you’re thinking about or planning a homebirth, you might like to watch our video about mum’s experiences of a homebirth.

Dads can find out more about getting ready for their birth support role and their first few hours as a dad in the Dads Guide to Pregnancy.

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