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I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

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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.

What pregnant women around the world pack in their hospital bag

Hazel from Tanzania, Katy from Australia, and Agnes from Tanzania.

LETITIA ROWLANDS WaterAid has photographed the contents of the maternity bags of expectant mothers around the world.

Nose spray relieves childbirth pain, study finds

Lead researcher Dr Julie Fleet with the spray.

AAP Women may soon be able to use a nasal spray for pain relief during childbirth following successful trials by an Australian midwifery researcher.

Birth Plan more articles

'I wanted to know what was going on during my daughter's birth'

Anthony Hinton and his baby daughter Abigail.

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.

HypnoBirthing isn't a hippie thing ... just ask Kate

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ALEISHA ORR Word is that Kate Middleton is considering HypnoBirthing when she delivers the new heir to the throne.

Birthzilla? Pass me the badge

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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

Labour more articles

Should you eat during labour?

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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?

Bond between mother and midwife key to a happy birth

The Quinlan family in their Collingwood home.

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.

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour

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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.

Caesarean more articles

Hospitals put babies at risk by ignoring policy on elective caesareans

Hospitals are delivering elective caesareans earlier than the recommended term of 39 weeks gestation.

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.

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Mum gets caesarean moments after giving birth

Amber Hughes with her husband Daniel and children Kayden, Harvey, Jessica and Olly.

Staff writers A mother has spoken about her shock at doctors performing an emergency caesarean on her after she had already given birth.

Nurses invent skin to skin c-section drape

How the baby is passed to the mother immediately after the 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.

After Birth more articles

Couple serves up placenta pizza to celebrate birth

Amanda and Tom Maddock with friend Cat O'Keefe as they drank the placenta cocktails.

Staff writers A British couple who served up a placenta based pizza and cocktail described the results as "lovely".

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

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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. 

Womb to world: transitioning your new baby

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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.

Birth Stories more articles

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

Kim Tucci before the birth.

LETITIA ROWLANDS An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Police help deliver baby on busy roadside

Two police officers have delivered a baby girl on the side of a busy Melbourne road.

Jamie Duncan Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.

Baby shares birthday with mother and grandmother

Three generations share the same birthday.

Staff writers A US family now has three birthdays to celebrate on the same day in January.

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Check your baby's length and weight for their age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.

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Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

Great-great-grandma delivers great grandchild in her own home

''I've delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.'' This 'Super Gran' calmly peeled the amniotic sac over her great-grandson's head before discovering the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck ... twice.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

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Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

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I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

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.

Microcephaly still a mysterious condition around the world

For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.

7 baby firsts you won't see on milestone charts

Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.

Why it's important to vaccinate on time

My son was born on the 1 July 2014. It's a fabulous birthday, don't you think? Not only does the first of July ring in a new financial year, but it also means we've hit the year's half way mark.

Naturopath treatment allegedly left baby "days from death"

A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her. 

Andy Murray's emotional speech to pregnant wife after Australian Open

A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.

This toddler and his duck BFF will melt your heart

A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck. 

Great news for coffee drinkers - caffeine is good for your heart

Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.

I always wanted children - but I've found other ways to be maternal

I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.

When only one parent wants to know the gender

For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.

'No jab no play' could hurt disadvantaged children, experts fear

Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.

Zika virus: Airlines offer refunds to pregnant women

Airlines and cruise companies across the world are offering refunds or travel credits to pregnant women who are scheduled to visit countries struck by the devastating Zika virus.

#meditateonthis: Mums fight back against PND ignorance

Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.

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