Not an Emergency

What to do if your labour progresses quickly

First of all, although you need support urgently, it is not an emergency.  This is normal childbirth.  Your body and baby know what to do to keep you safe.

  • Take a long slow breath and then contact your partner first and then ring the maternity unit.  Let them know you are hypnobirthing and your baby is coming quickly.  Between surges, Go and put the front door on the latch, so that your partner and the midwife can easily gain entry.
  • If you are in the car, pull over and put on your hazard lights. Dial 999. Get your partner to find some towels or your dressing gown.
  • If it is cold, turn the heating up.
  • Make a nest with old pillows, towels and a sheet.
  • Get yourself down on the floor with your bottom in the air.  This will slow down the birth.
  • When you feel the baby’s head stretching you, it’s time to concentrate on breathing/blowing out gently.
  • Catch the baby sliding out and bring your baby up to your chest.  Wrap him/her in a towel to help keep him warm.
  • If the placenta delivers then just leave it be.  But don’t worry about it!  Leave the cord intact, the midwife will be there very soon and deal with it.



Published by Medway Hypnobirth

My name is Gill and I am the founder of Medway Hypnobirth. I am a former Midwife with over 10 years experience in antenatal, labour and postnatal care. I have a passion for birth and hope to share my passion for birth with you. I have 3 grown up children (the first of whom followed a long journey of infertility and IVF) who were all born in hospital. I followed my birthing plan which literally stated that I wanted a 'homebirth in hospital'. Throughout my Midwifery journey, I have been present at a fair few homebirths and seen many more babies birthed in hospital and in theatre. Birth follows its own course and I have seen hypnobirth techniques helping many women stay in control of their birth however it happens. After thoroughly researching different hypnobirthing schools, I settled on Calm Birth training as a calm birth is what we all want to happen. I hope that a Hypnobirth with me will aid your personal journey to a calm birth too and I am really looking forward to meeting you.

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