Up to 60 per cent of planned caesarean sections are being performed before 39 weeks of gestation without a medical reason despite mounting evidence of the risks.
The rise has been driven by women in wealthier regions with no medical issues.
An expert is saying birth media may be setting birth up as a negative experience.
I just can't shake the feeling that my entire labour was not what it should have been.
Childbirth isn't a competition. Being the first to leave hospital and battle through your pain isn't a badge of honour.
Research focuses on the benefits for the baby. But what about the mother?
There remains great controversy around when to induce labour, especially for overdue women.
How would you describe the pain of childbirth?
A baby boy has been delivered mid-flight in the US, coincidentally on a plane named "Born To Be Blue".
“Sing this song next time you decide to have a baby,” posted the new mum.
He's big and he's beautiful, and a record breaker to boot.
Inflammation and gender disappointment may underlie the results, researchers say.
New research suggests there's a need to focus more on helping new mothers manage pain after the baby is born.
After my first child, from the moment I woke up to the moment I finally fell into a drug-induced sleep, it was pure hell.
'I hated touching him, I hated looking at him - I genuinely thought that I hated him.'
If a woman's principal feeling toward her child is disinterest, it may be a sign of postnatal depression.
'Being in a psychiatric ward without my baby felt like hell': mums explain the importance of mother and baby mental health units
Mothers explain why Mother and Baby Mental Health Units are so important.