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Labour and Birth

This resource is the third in our Your Choice series. It contains information on the choices women have around the interventions that have become routinely used during normal birth. Some of these procedures have been part of maternity care for decades despite a lack of evidence that they offer any benefits to either the mother of the baby. This pamphlet provides information about the benefits and risks of the following tests and procedures:

  • Place of birth and the impact of the birthing environment
  • Induction of labour
  • IV fluids
  • Foetal monitoring
  • Vaginal examinations
  • Monitoring maternal wellbeing
  • Pain relief
  • Augmenting labour
  • Labouring and/or birthing in water
  • Positions for labour and birth
  • Forceps/VentouseCaesarean section
  • Oxytocin and skin-to-skin contact
  • Waiting for the placenta
  • Cord blood banking

It is important that the midwife or doctor explains the risks and benefits of each intervention and what is involved before you agree to any of them. None of these interventions are compulsory and you can choose whether or not to have any of them.

Copies of our Labour and Birth resource come to the community for free, we only charge for post and packaging.  Please see our "Order our Resources" tab for more details or contact MSCC at mscc@maternity.org.nz