Reassuring advice from new mums and birth experts
'When you're in labour, pay attention to what your body is telling you. With my first baby, the midwife told me to push but I didn't feel ready at that time. But I did what I was told and ended up pushing for 1 & 1/2 hours! Second-time around, I waited until I felt it was time, and Lauren arrived 20 minutes later.'
Fiona O'Neill, 25, from Orrell, Greater Manchester, is mum to Lauren, 1 & 1/2, and Alex, 2 & 1/2, and stepmum to Leah, 9.