Midwife’s advice

Frequently asked questions FAQ

1. When does labour begin?

You can be sure that labour has started when you have had contractions for 4 hours (every 5 minutes between 60-second long labour pains). You should go to hospital when you feel anxious or the baby has started to move in an unusual way (more strongly or stopped moving at all).

2. What do I do when my waters break?

When your waters have broken you should go to the maternity ward within 4 hours. You do not have to wait for the labour pains. It is important to eat a light meal before going to hospital. When the pains are every 7 minutes, you should go to hospital straight away.

When the released amniotic fluid is green, you should not eat or drink but go to hospital as soon as possible.

3. My partner does not want to be present at the birth. What can I do to make him change his mind?

Very often men are not willing to participate in the birth and their choice should be respected. Sometimes those partners who are very reluctant end up in the labour ward not really knowing when and how it happened. Conversely, those men who actually promised to be present at the birth eventually do not manage the stress. Partners should give each other time to make a decision. Everything will turn out well during labour.

4. Why do children have colic attacks?

Colic is unexpected, sharp crying up to 4 hours. A baby can have a bloated stomach or break winds. Colic pains start around the 3rd and 4th week after birth and end by the time the baby is 3 to 4 months old. Colic attacks happen most often in the evening and are sudden.

They are most likely caused by the immaturity of digestive and nervous systems, fatigue or food intolerances (most often to cow milk). The fact that your baby is crying does not mean she/he has a colic.

5. How will I know that my child is hungry?

Children show they are hungry by being more active, upset, sucking fingers and fists, turning their heads and opening their mouths. The ultimate signal are tears and crying.