"If, after careful assessment by their maternity care provider, there seems to be no reason why a woman shouldn't be offered a chance at VBAC, then the opportunity should be provided."
Now new research from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) suggests that women who had epidurals and less pain in labour had a reduced chance of developing postpartum depression (PPD).
Pregnant women have long been told that staying upright and mobile during childbirth helps labour progress smoothly.
Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia about one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for this reason.
Midwife associations and home birth advocates have criticised the ACT's first publicly funded home birth trial as too restrictive, causing women who initially welcomed the program to withdraw interest.
"I understood finally that this was the child that was meant for me to hold in my arms and to raise."
You did it! Your baby is safely out and in your arms and the relief is overwhelming. Now there's the placenta.
An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.
I certainly wasn't shy about medication. In fact, my policy on this was, in the immortal words of Britney Spears, "Gimme gimme more".
Sex and The City star Sarah Jessica Parker recently said that she loved giving birth - and she's not alone.
Life can be full of surprises, but for this couple a surprise came in a very unexpected way.
Motherhood burns you down, but it rebuilds you too.
New research reports that 74 per cent of mums don't want to admit they aren't coping, and therefore don't seek support or treatment.
When Adele spoke this week about the agony of postnatal depression, it brought back awful memories.
I asked the therapist who helped my wife whether I might have depression too, but she just about laughed me out of the room.
From the outside it looked like Allison Goldstein was blissfully happy. She had a new baby, a loving husband, and was part of a close knit-family.
Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.