Heard so many birth horror stories, but don't want that to be your experience? 

Thinking - how do I avoid it, it's inevitable right?


You absolutly can love your birth!

It just starts with a bit of knowledge to help you feel like you are not stepping into the unknown.

Here are the answers to the quiz to get you on your way!

Signs of early labour include:

  • Tightening in the abdomen

  • Dull backache

  • Diarrhea or loose stools

  • All of the above


There are many clues that labour may be imminent, however they don’t appear in any particular order, or are necessarily experienced in every pregnancy.

You may notice a sense of tightening or cramping across your abdomen, and this may be accompanied by a dull ache in your lower back.

Another common sign is an increase in vaginal discharge, and often women report loss bowel movements – this is nature’s way of making room for baby.


If at any stage during pregnancy something just feels ‘off’ or different, you should contact your care provider to discuss the concern. You should always trust your instincts in the first instance.

Active labour begins when your water breaks.

  • True

  • False

There is no set time in your labour when your waters will break - you may have an image from the movies of a woman minding her own business one minute and then a gushing waterfall appears between her legs the next and she is in instant, intense labour.

Whilst this can happen, it is not the case for most. Waters breaking can be the sign of early labour, it can occur during more active labour, and amazingly some babies are even born en caul, which means still inside their amniotic sac.

These days care providers define active labour as when your cervix has opened to approximately 6cm.

How prepared is your partner for birth?

  • It’s not really on their radar, I mean what can they really do to help?

  • They are really supportive, but we don’t know what they should be doing when I’m in labour

  • They have read more birth books than me and feel totally prepared

Your partner has an amazing role to play in your birth. They are your support, your advocate, your protector - these roles should not be undervalued. However, for many partners they are not clear on how they play these roles, they do not have an understanding of the birthing process and so feel left out or unsure of when it's ok to step in (it's always ok!).

So having them do some research, watch some birth videos, or attend a prenatal class is a great way to build their confidence, and for you as a team to understand the birthing process, your preferences, and how you will work together during this amazing time.


Which is these statements is false

  • Inductions are on the rise for non-medical reasons

  • Inductions do not have an impact on birthing outcomes

  • Inductions are sometimes medically necessary

Inductions for non-medical reasons have been on the rise around the world over the last 30 years (Little, 2017). Increasingly, more pregnant people are induced because they have reached their estimated 'due date'  of 40 weeks, or even when they have reached 39 weeks.

Induced labours can be more painful than a natural labour when the uterine contractions are stimulated artificially, it denies your body the chance to adapt as it would if they were to build in a naturally onset labour.

Induced labours also tend to be more likely to require additional intervention such as the use of forceps or vontuse or performance of an episiotomy.


There are known genuine medical reason to induce a labour, however, for low-risk pregnancies, your best course of action is to understand all the facts of the options put to you, so you can make an informed and considered decision-based on your personal preferences and beliefs.

Prenatal classes are a great place to start uncovering the many decisions that you may be faced with during pregnancy and childbirth, allowing you to start to shape your preferences for your experience. 

The hormone responsible for contractions in labour is

  • Oxytocin

  • Prostaglandin

  • Endorphines

  • Adrenalin

Commonly known as the 'love hormone', oxytocin is responsible for labour. Produced in the pituitary gland, it is released during labour to send a message to the uterus to contract.

It is important to know that oxytocin is only released when our bodies feel 
Private, Safe, and Unobserved. This is such an important fact that can often be overlooked and can be a key factor in the delay in the start of labour or the slowing down of labour. 

Understanding the value of oxytocin and how to maximise its flow in labour, is a key piece of knowledge any expectant family should have.



The average length of pregnancy for first-time mums is

  • 39 weeks + 2

  • 40 weeks

  • 41 weeks + 1 day

First time mums, if left alone to go into labor naturally tend to be pregnant for about 41 weeks and 1 day. Women who've had babies before tend to deliver around 40 weeks and 3 days. These are just averages!

Your due date is set at 40 weeks

  • 37-38 weeks +6 days is considered early term

  • 39-42 weeks is considered 'term'

  • 40 weeks is post date

  • 42 week is post term


As hard as it is, you need to manage expectations—and remember that due dates are only an estimate of when your baby's going to arrive. The best gift you can give your baby is to let them choose their birthday!

The delivery of the placenta usually takes

  • 2-3 minutes

  • 5-30 minutes

  • 1-2 hours

On average most placentas are delivered within 5-30 minutes, although as long as there is no medical indication that the process needs to be sped up, you should be allowed the time and space to deliver in your own time. 

It is important to note that the delivery of the placenta requires the exact same hormonal response as delivering your baby. That is the release of oxytocin - which your body produces best when it feels private, safe, and unobserved. Including the placenta as part of your overall birth, and not an afterthought is the most effective way to have a successful placenta delivery. 


Which of the statements below best describes your relationship with your care provider? 

  • I am confident that I will be able to speak up if I am not happy with something my care provider suggests

  • I don’t want to upset them so will go with the flow

  • I know I am allowed to ask questions, but I’m not sure exactly what to ask

Labour is such an amazing and unpredictable experience, you cannot possibly know absolutely everything there is to know (without a midwifery and obstetrics degree!) - that's what your care provider is for.

They are there to support and guide you. You should feel comfortable asking questions about what is being offered or planned for you, you are not questioning them or their advice, but asking to understand and to be a part of the conversation for YOUR experience.

If you don't feel that you can approach your care provider easily and comfortably, it may be worth considering if they are the right person for you.

Which of these images is how you think of birth?

​Birth does not have to be like in the movies, we are preprogrammed to believe that birth is something we have to suffer through or to endure. IT IS NOT!

It is a natural, physiological event, which without any prior knowledge or bias we are able to do calmly and instinctively. 

You do not need to learn how to give birth, but it can be useful to 'unlearn' all your preconceived ideas, to get informed on the facts of birth and learn techniques to assist your body to work efficiently and effectively.

You know it's time to go to the hospital when

  • You begin to have contractions

  • Your water break

  • Contractions are 3-4 minutes apart

The temptation can be to rush off at the first signs of labour, but we know that you need to feel private, safe and unobserved for your body to progress naturally through the stages of labour, and that is best achieved in a comfortable, personal environment like home. So take your time, relax and let go and surrender to the experience. 

Let your care provider know when you think it isthe real deal', and they will guide you on when to check in again.

Once your contractions are around 3-4 minutes apart, have been like this for around 2 hours and last for around 1 minute, that is a great sign that you are in established active labour, and it's time to get moving. 

Remember if at any time you feel that something just isn't right - always call your care provider and share your concerns with them.

Yoru uterus will stop contracting...

  • As soon as your baby is born

  • Sometime after the placenta is delivered

  • 3-5 days after giving birth

Not all women notice the contractions in the days following labour, they are more common in women who have had other babies than in women who have just had their first baby.

You may experience them when you’re breastfeeding and this is because the hormones released when you feed are the same ones that are responsible for shrinking your uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size (oxytocin). 

A warm pack on your back or belly may help ease the sensation, always let your care provider know if something doesn't feel quite right.

Which of these are outcomes associated with HypnoBirthing?

  • Reduce risk of cesarean section

  • Reduced risk of induction

  • Less use of drugs in labour

  • Shorter labours

The HypnoBirthing program and antenatal course is now used in six major Australian hospitals, is recommended by midwives and obstetricians, it is evidenced-based, and it works.

Other outcomes women experience from taking the course include:

  • Fewer interventions

  • Fewer caesarean sections

  • Fewer inductions

  • Lessened need for pain relief

  • Higher rates of breastfeeding

  • Mums feel heard, understood & respected

  • Partners feel engaged & excited about their role in the experience

If you would like to learn more about HypnoBirthing and how it can support you in having a great outcome for your labour you can check out this page here or register for my next webinar where I will give you my top five tips to an amazing birth.

Hope you enjoyed the quiz!

Melissa x

I would like to acknowledge the land on which I reside and work is the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation and I pay my respects to elders past, present and future. I also acknowledge that their cultural and spiritual connection to land are still as important to the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people today.

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