Jo DuMond Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.
LETITIA ROWLANDS WaterAid has photographed the contents of the maternity bags of expectant mothers around the world.
AAP Women may soon be able to use a nasal spray for pain relief during childbirth following successful trials by an Australian midwifery researcher.
RACHEL BROWNE Preparing for the arrival of their first child should have been an exciting time for Kate and Anthony Hinton but things did not go as planned. Now the couple are preparing to take legal action against Westmead Private Hospital.
ALEISHA ORR Word is that Kate Middleton is considering HypnoBirthing when she delivers the new heir to the throne.
Prue Corlette A birth plan is about putting it in writing that a woman's body is to be treated with respect and dignity by her caregivers
CATHERINE RODIE Given that that you're going to be labouring for a while, often through times you'd be eating a meal – or at least a snack – is it necessary to eat?
CRAIG BUTT Women who are cared for by the same midwife throughout their pregnancy are less likely to need intervention such a caesarian sections during labour and are less likely to report a traumatic birth, research has found.
JO HARTLEY We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.
Harriet Alexander, Health reporter Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.
Staff writers A mother has spoken about her shock at doctors performing an emergency caesarean on her after she had already given birth.
Staff writers The determination of three US nurses to provide immediate skin to skin contact to mothers delivering their babies by caesarean section has led to the invention of a unique surgical drape.
Staff writers A British couple who served up a placenta based pizza and cocktail described the results as "lovely".
LETITIA ROWLANDS The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital.
JO HARTLEY One minute they're contentedly snuggled in the sanctuary of their mum's tummy, and the next they arrive into an overwhelming reality of lights, cameras and action.
LETITIA ROWLANDS An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.
Jamie Duncan Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.
Staff writers A US family now has three birthdays to celebrate on the same day in January.
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