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HSE article for Labour

Stages of labour

Every labour and birth is different. Be prepared to be flexible with your plans. It is hard to know how long your labour will last, but most first babies arrive after 12 to 20 hours. Learn about the different stages of labour.

Breathing and self-help techniques for labour

Learning the art of relaxation will help you during pregnancy and labour. You can do this by learning breathing techniques and listening to your body. Learn tips on breathing and self-help techniques for labour.

  • Inducing labour

    How and why labour can be induced, and the different methods that can be used to induce labour.

  • Staying active and upright positions during labour

    Being upright during labour can shorten how long your labour may take. Being upright means any position that avoids lying flat. Learn about the benefits of staying upright during labour.

  • Breech presentation

  • Premature labour

    Find out how to identify premature labour, how it’s caused and what happens during labour, and how it can affect you and your baby.