Staff writers One woman has an interesting idea of what a midwife should do.
Mayo Clinic News Network Blood from a newborn's umbilical cord was once considered a waste product, but it actually contains potentially life-saving cells.
Staff writers There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.
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
Tara Moss Birthzillas, Bridezillas and perhaps all ‘Zillas’ are bad news. It’s amusing stuff, but the thing is, birth plans are helpful for many parents, and an increasing number of obstetricians and midwives request them. There are a number of reasons for this.
Kedric Francis It turns out silent strength was my role. Just shut up and stand there? Turns out, I can do that.
Sharday Stirton During my first pregnancy, I'd only heard graphic and horrific stories of birth and what to expect. For an impending mother, these were the last things I needed to hear.
CATHERINE RODIE There's no doubt that post-birth photos can have a powerful effect on women. But are they enough to change the way pregnant women feel about their own impending labours?
AMY CORDEROY A gynaecologist has spoken out against current caesearean policies, saying that directives to reduce c-section rates are actually putting women at risk.
KIRAN CHUG I know my decision won't be popular, but I believe that every woman has the right to choose how they have their baby. And my caesarean gave me the most control over how I felt about my body and my child's birth.
Kiran Chug For my first child's birth, the theatre was crowded with doctors. My baby was pulled out of my tummy and it wasn't how nature intended.
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.
MEGAN BLANDFORD While many mums and birth practitioners discard of the placenta without giving it a second thought, there are others who decide to keep it – for a range of reasons.
Staff writers It was not your average traffic stop, that's for sure.
LETITIA ROWLANDS There are many things an expecting couple can do in a bid to make sure their trip to hospital goes as smoothly as possible when the big day comes.
Staff writers A mother who almost died during the traumatic premature birth of her fifth child has been reunited with her baby girl just weeks after doctors feared she would not survive.
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