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A positive birth can be a wonderful experience, giving a real sense of achievement. However, if all doesn’t go according to plan, women should not feel guilty, or that they have failed. Birth is unpredictable, and women who are not able to achieve their ideal birth plan should not let this detract from their feeling of triumph and success in bringing a baby (or two) into the world. This section aims to give some suggestions of aspects to consider before giving birth. By planning ahead and thinking about all possible eventualities, many pitfalls can be avoided.

We believe that women should be able to make an informed choice about what sort of birth they have.

We believe that women try to make the best choices for both their baby and themselves, but that they can only do this if they have good information.

Unfortunately, there is no research evidence that we can find to back this up, so we have to rely on the experiences of other women who have given birth with PGP to inform our decisions. This is based on over 1,000 calls and e-mails which we receive each year.

Even women with severe pain, including those on crutches and using wheelchairs, can have a positive normal birth experience when they are well supported by the team caring for them.

We feel that it is important that women are free to choose the birth that suits them best as individuals.


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