Early labour signs

There are a variety of ways you may experience the beginning of labour and birth. Please read the information in the leaflet below—consider the things that will help you cope while at home and discuss these with your midwife using your personalised care plan.

You may call us at any time but we particularly recommend getting in touch if:

  • You think your labour has started and it is establishing into regular and powerful contractions occurring every 2–3 minutes
  • Your waters have released
  • You have any vaginal bleeding
  • You are worried your baby is not moving as much as normal
  • You have any other concerns or anxieties

What if I have complications?

Labour and birth leaflet


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T: 020 3315 6000

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T: 020 8321 5839 


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