Home/Birth/Labour and Birth/Labour First Stage
Labour First Stage2020-05-03T11:26:44+10:00

Labour First Stage

The first stage of labour is defined as the period of time from established labour to transition. This stage of labour can lasting anywhere from an hour to many hours. During the first stage of labour your cervix will progressively dilate as it prepares for your baby to pass through into the birth canal during the second stage of labour.

Are you wondering how you will know you are in labour? Perhaps you are overdue and attempting to bring on labour by sheer force of will! Do you wonder what preterm labour is and what will happen if your baby decides to arrive early? This section explores the first stage of labour in its many presentations.

Articles on Labour – First stage

Stand and deliver! Everything you need to know about birth positions

“Walking during labour was the only way I could deal with the pain. I walked the pain away. It felt great to be able to do this for myself. I felt in control. In my head I actually kept thinking, I’m walking away from the pain and leaving it behind.” (Cathy) When it comes to childbirth most midwives will tell you it’s not something you can do lying down, yet this is exactly how many women still give birth

1 Comment


By Jane Palmer As the birth approaches a woman’s body begins to prepare for the labour. Signs that women may experience prior to labour include: Show (pink mucous discharge from the vagina), engagement of the baby’s head, more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions, a change in baby’s movements as they run out of space, weight loss of up to 1 kg, low pelvic pressure due to baby’s position, some diarrhoea and nesting behaviour (some women experience a surge in energy


Swept away!

By Hannah Dahlen Going overdue is never easy but going so overdue that you have to be induced can be traumatic for women. There is no doubt that nature is the best midwife when it comes to labour, and induction comes with its own risks. Not only is the labour associated with medical induction more painful but the risk of having a caesarean is also greater. This is especially true for women having the first baby. Women wanting to