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Maternity patient leaflets


This page lists leaflets produced or used by our department. Each leaflet is reviewed at least every three years to make sure it is kept up to date.

Coping methods in labour

Coping methods for labour that are non-pharmacological include complementary therapies, using the birthing pool, and relaxation techniques.

Diabetes and pregnancy booklet

This leaflet gives information for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are considering pregnancy.

eLIXIR study - Maternity participant information

This leaflet tells you about a research study. Before you make a decision please discuss this with your family and friends and do ask any questions you have.

eLIXIR: The early life cross-linkage in research

Mothers: eLIXIR - The early life cross-linkage in research

Expressing breastmilk

This leaflet explains about how to express breast milk for your baby.

First steps in pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you will need to start thinking about your antenatal care, as well as ways that you can take care of your health, and your baby. This information provides advice about your physical and emotional wellbeing, lifestyle changes and arranging your care, as well as useful resources and extra support.

Induction of labour

When and how induction of labour might be needed.

Massage for perineal, episiotomy and caesarean scars

Tips and techniques for massaging postnatal scars safely, including episiotomy, perineal tear or caesarean scars, to reduce scar tissue and ease any discomfort or sensitivity after birth.

Maternity assessment unit (MAU) at St Thomas' Hospital

The MAU is a walk-in department for emergency and antenatal care for those more then 18 weeks pregnant. Led by midwives, it also provides emergency care for postnatal problems (for example, raised blood pressure, wound infection or heavy vaginal bleeding) up to 6 weeks after birth.

Oral glucose tolerance test during pregnancy

This leaflet explains more about having an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) during pregnancy. It also provides information on how you can prepare for the test and what you can expect when you come to hospital.
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Information about caesarean section

About requests for caesarean sections (PDF 67Kb)

Leaflets by Public Health England

Flu, your pregnancy and you (PDF 381Kb)

Whooping cough and pregnancy (PDF 355Kb)

Leaflets by the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Mental health in pregnancy

Postnatal depression

Postpartum psychosis

Leaflets by Bliss

Having a baby before 30 weeks: magnesium sulphate as protection against cerebral palsy

Our research

More about our research into assisted conception and women's health

Research we support

iFIND: intelligent Fetal Imaging and Diagnosis - finding new technologies that allow scanning to be carried out with multiple ultrasound probes and improved fetal ultrasound imaging through automated image processing.

Developing Human Connectome Project(dHCP) - aiming to make major scientific progress by creating the first 4-dimensional connectome of early life.