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In the UK the Homebirth rate is fairly low in the UK and so it is a fair assumption that the vast majority of mums in  Reading will have their baby at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

I am always harping on about how important it is to educate yourself ahead of birth and the hospital itself is a great source of information about their policies and procedures for every aspect of birth, including information on medical pain relief options and what to expect from a variety of interventions or complications.

I have chosen a selection below that I think might be most useful but there are many more to be found on the RBH website (under Patient Information leaflets).

The main drawback is that they are listed alphabetically rather than thematically so you really need to know what you are looking for in advance. There are a lot of general ones around pregnancy, labour and birth under “M” for “Maternity”, but it by no means includes everything. If you find any leaflets that you think I should include here please let me know in the comments or email me at  eleanor@birthzang.co.uk.

Choosing Where to have your baby

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—choosing-where-to-have-your-baby.htm

Getting Ready for Birth

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—getting-ready-for-birth.htm

Prolonged pregnancy

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—management-of-prolonged-pregnancy.htm

Group B Strep

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—group-B-streptococcal-infection.htm

Waters breaking before labour starts

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—pre-labour-rupture-of-membranes-plrom.htm

Early labour advice

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—early-labour-advice.htm

Exercises in labour

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—exercises-to-help-during-labour.htm

Induction and augmentation

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—propess-for-induction-of-labour.htm

GP version: www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/Downloads/GPs/GP protocols and guidelines/Maternity Guidelines and Policies/Intrapartum/Induction and augmentation of PLRoM in Prolonged pregnancy_V1.1_MAR14.pdf

Patient version: http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—induction-of-labour.htm

Propess for labour (pessary)

http://services.medicines.org.uk/assethosting/assets/printable/d/i/dinoprostone/printable.1782_492_845.pdf

Cannula

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—cannula-advice-for-maternity-patients.htm

Oxytocin for labour

http://services.medicines.org.uk/assethosting/assets/printable/o/x/oxytocin/printable.1946_838_2198.pdf

Assisted Delivery

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—assisted-vaginal-delivery.htm

Drugs to  deliver placenta

http://services.medicines.org.uk/assethosting/assets/printable/o/x/oxytocin/printable.1946_529_2198.pdf

http://www.nhs.uk/medicine-guides/pages/MedicineOverview.aspx?condition=Labour%20%28preventing%20bleeding%20after%29&medicine=ergometrine%20maleate/oxytocin&preparationErgometrine%20500micrograms/1ml%20/%20Oxytocin%205units/1ml%20solution%20for%20injection%20ampoules

 Pain relief in labour

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—pain-relief-in-labour.htm

Epidural

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—epidural-for-pain-relief.htm

Anaesthetic in caesarian

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—anaesthetics-for-caesarean-section.htm

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—assisted-vaginal-delivery.htm

Emergency caesarian

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—caesaerean-section—unplanned-emergency.htm

 Pain relief after birth

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—pain-relief-after-birth.htm

The management of perineal trauma after birth

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—perineal-trauma-and-management-of-3rd-and-4th-degree-tears.htm

Postnatal care of you and your baby

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity—postnatal-advice-following-birth.htm

 

Here is a link to all the maternity leaflets:

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/wards-and-services/maternity-information-leaflets_2.htm