The first stage of labour and birth is usually the longest and is when your baby gets ready to be born. Labour may be starting if you have a show, your waters break or your contractions start.
How labour starts and progresses as you get ready for the birth
What contractions are, how long they last and how to cope with them
How you and your baby will be monitored throughout labour
How to stay comfortable during labour and the positions you can try
Pros and cons of different pain relief options in labour - including gas and air and epidurals
Types of regional and general anaesthetic offered in labour