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Having a safe healthy birth

Let labor begin on its own.

Walk, move around, and eat at the onset. Stay hydrated; you will need energy later.

Bring a loved one, friend, or even a trusted midwife for continuous support.

Once the cervix is fully dilated (your provider will tell you so) and you have the urge to push, take the position you prefer or that may be more comfortable (the provider should support and guide you).

All the routine care of the baby right after birth can be done with the baby placed skin-to-skin with you. There is no need to separate the baby from the mother after birth – unless the baby requires emergency care. Keeping the baby close to the mother after birth makes the early hours and days after birth safer for them both.

Most importantly when labor signs occur, be in touch with your midwife, birth attendant, or physician!

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