Choosing Where to Labour and Birth

The Facts about Choosing Where to Labour and BirthCarlson Full-2080 (1)

Over the past few decades studies have revealed that the birthing environment has a significant impact on a woman during labour and birth. This research shows that where a woman labours influences both the progress of her labour and her birth outcome. If the birthing environment is one which supports the basic physical and hormonal needs of a labouring woman then this will help her to give birth normally and safely without unnecessary interventions. In this way the birthing environment itself can be seen as an intervention that can either help or hinder a woman giving birth, as is the Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) a woman chooses to care for her during pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks postpartum.

This pamphlet provides you with evidence-based information about how the place of birth can impact on your labour and birth, as well as on the future health and well-being of both you and your baby; information that will help you make an informed choice.

Information in the pamphlet covers:

  • Safe birthing environments
  • The hormones of labour and birth
  • Disturbing the cocktail of hormones
  • Interventions
  • Creating a supportive birth space

If you would like to receive a copy of our pamphlet – a single copy is available free of charge – or wish to order copies for your practice, then please contact us at mscc@maternity.org.nz or download a copy of our order form from our website. Please note there is a charge for ordering multiple copies of this series of pamphlets; the charge depends on how many you order.