Information for the public
A range of healthcare professionals may be involved in your care. These will include midwives (experts in labour and birth), and may also include doctors such as obstetricians, neonatologists and anaesthetists.
Your care team should talk with you about what you can expect when you have your baby. They should ask about your hopes and expectations and explain your options, so that you can decide what is best for you. They should read your birth plan if you have one and talk with you about it. They should make sure that you feel in control of what happens during labour, and ask your permission before carrying out any checks.
It is a good idea to have one or more birth companions (also known as 'birth partners') to support you during labour – for example, your partner, a family member or a friend. You and your birth companions should be treated with kindness and respect.
You may also like to read NICE's information for the public on patient experience in adult NHS services. This sets out what adults should be able to expect when they use the NHS. We also have more information on the NICE website about using health and social care services.
If you think that your care does not match this advice, talk to your care team.