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Choosing where to Labour and Birth

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 resource 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. 

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

How to order our resources:

For Individuals, please go to "Order our Resources", choose subject "Free for Individuals" a full set can be ordered costing just $3.50 for post and packaging.

For all others, via "Order our Resources" please compile your order, if you have any difficulties,  contact MSCC on mscc@maternity.org.nz and we will assist you.