The surprises? Well, I can certainly laugh about them now! Here are a few of the things no one warned me could happen in labour and birth.
These videos of babies being born via gentle caesareans will blow you away.
It's the post-birth hack many mums have known about forever. Now one dad's post about the importance of frozen condoms is attracting attention.
Researchers have long tried to discover the best and worst days and times to give birth. But perhaps they've been asking the wrong questions.
There are many things Rebecca Judd loves, caesarean sections are not one of them.
US mum, Natalie, had a hunch that her baby was going to be a little on the larger side - but not this large!
A woman has made an emotional plea for the return of her son's placenta amid fears it's been eaten by the thieves who stole it from her freezer.
Birth Without Fear is celebrating vernix – or what they call 'birthday frosting' – by sharing a photo of a baby covered in a thick layer of vernix.
It's incredibly rare for twins to have birthdays so far apart.
And miraculously, he also has a set of triplets at home.
A medical student in his final year of study put his skills to good use early, delivering a baby on a train - with the help of WhatsApp.
The husband of a BBC Antiques Roadshow expert who died after suffering a post-pregnancy panic attack has opened up about his wife's suspected postpartum psychosis.
Singer John Legend is his wife's biggest fan, but he's revealed how he wasn't "emotionally prepared" to deal with her post-natal depression.
"I was shocked and horrified that I'd had this thought. That's not me."
Queensland women at risk of serious perinatal mental health issues will be able to receive care without being separated from their babies at a new unit on the Gold Coast.
Chrissy Teigen is refreshingly honest about parenting, but the model has kept her postnatal depression diagnosis and treatment private until now.
For the people closest to those suffering, there is often a disconnect, a wall that is built around the sufferer that seems impenetrable.