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Birth photos on the rise

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KATE FRIDKIS New research shows that one in five expectant parents would consider hiring a birth photographer - but do we need photo evidence of one of the most intimate and memorable experiences of our lives?

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New drug to replace pethidine as birth pain relief

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JULIA MEDEW The use of pethidine to relieve pain during birth may be on its way out as a small but growing number of doctors recommend a more powerful opiate that appears safer for babies.

Water birth a good option despite warnings, midwives say

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Doctors in the US have released a statement advising against water births, but Australian midwives say the practice remains safe for low-risk pregnancies.

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Despite costs, cord blood rarely used

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LUCY CARROLL It can cost thousands of dollars and parents are flocking to do it, but the storage of umbilical cord blood is proving to be a concern after very few families have ever used the full service.

Babies, not burgers: why we need better designed labour wards

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Athena Hammond Women have reported that the birth environment is a key factor in how easy or hard it is to give birth. So why does McDonalds have mood lighting but a labour ward doesn't?

Birth, blokes and 'the business end'

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CATHERINE RODIE Robbie Williams famously compared watching his wife give birth vaginally to 'watching my favourite pub burn down'

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Pain free labour: fact or fiction?

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LIBBY HAKIM It’s a question that runs through the mind of every first time mum-to-be – how will I know when I’m in labour? And if you actually ask the question, you’ll usually get the same reply: “Oh, trust me, you’ll know”.

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An elective caesarean saved my sanity

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Donna Webeck It's a divisive parenting debate that flares up often: natural childbirth versus an elective caesarean. But for me, there was only one option that would help my physical and mental wellbeing intact.

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Caesarean sections on the rise in ACT

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GEORGINA CONNERY More women are having caesarean sections than ever before in the ACT, reflecting national trends, according to a new report.

The delivery room guest list

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LINDY ALEXANDER During labour, a woman’s partner may be very good at giving physical support, but may not feel so confident at the advocacy part - or vice versa. So who will you choose into your delivery suite?

Mechanic invents device to help mums in labour

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The idea came to 59-year-old Jorge Odón as he slept - and now his invention, based on a You Tube video of a cork being extracted from a wine bottle, is on track to save tens of thousands of women in childbirth every year.

A doctor's dilemma: when to save a premmie

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Gautham K. Suresh Today, premature babies around 25 weeks are routinely provided intensive care, but those at 22 or fewer weeks usually are not. Between those are babies in the "gray zone".

Do modern dads cut the cord?

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Libby Hakim With the increasing role many dads play in the care of babies and children, has the symbolic act of cutting the umbilical cord become redundant? Or are fathers still keen to carry on the tradition?

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Free-birthing on the rise

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Jo Hartley It’s a controversial practice that has been branded both dangerous and irresponsible, but there's a growing trend among Australian women who are choosing to birth at home, free from any medical intervention or assistance.

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Midwife on the run

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PAUL BIBBY The website of independent Sydney midwife Akal Khalsa is awash with glittering testimonials to her home-birthing abilities and pictures of newborn babies she has brought into the world. But Ms Khalsa has had a warrant out for her arrest since March.

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Caesarean rate not just a result of ageing, overweight mums

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Hannah Dahlen The rising caesarean section rate is not as ''inevitable as the weather'', as a urogynaecologist controversially stated this week; instead, we should be looking at the models of care and environments in which women give birth.

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There's no right or wrong way to give birth

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Benison O'Reilly A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a fellow health worker that I'd co-written a book on postnatal depression. ''Really? I have an interest in postnatal depression,'' she said.

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Caesareans up, but not at this hospital

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AMY CORDEROY Previously unreleased figures from the NSW Ministry of Health show the state caesarean rate rose to 31.3 per cent of women in 2011, but one hospital is bucking that trend.

Kate's natural delivery

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Fairfax NZ with staff writers Kate Middleton delivered her son completely naturally, with no painkillers, according to new reports.

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Delivery room makeovers

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Julia Teen There's a new trend for childbirth - booking in your blow-dry and spray tan before you hit the delivery suite.

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Doctors turning on breech caesarean trend

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Courtney Hargreaves with nine month old daughter Ava who was a breech birth.
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Kate Hagan More pregnant women are being given the option of vaginal birth for breech babies.

Study delivers good news for home births

Adoption activists say only a small proportion of adoptees who search for their birth mothers are unable to locate them.

Julia Medew Doctors and midwives say more women should be given access to publicly funded home births with hospital back-up after a study found they were associated with low rates of harm for women and their babies.

Midwife crisis: pregnant women to be turned away from hospital

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EAMONN DUFF Nurses and midwives at a Sydney hospital will turn away pregnant women from Monday under strict new geographical boundaries that have been imposed to counter critical staff shortages.

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Meet the 'mummy messiah'

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Amy Molloy For an "ecstatic birth" mums-to-be should eat raw food, sit naked in front of a mirror and take sex toys into the delivery room, says America's new birthing guru.

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Stand and deliver: upright births best for mum and bub

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Hannah Dahlen What began as a change in birth positions for the convenience of men has been shown scientifically to be an inconvenience for women and babies.

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Trauma pushes mothers to home births

Erin Quinn, with her youngest daughter, Samara, who was born at home in Sydney.

MELISSA DAVEY Women are turning their backs on the health system after being traumatised by childbirth in hospitals, according to a new paper from University of Sydney researchers.

Dads in the delivery room

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Monica Dux The presence of dads in the delivery suite is now all but mandatory. But are they a help or a hindrance?

Why water births work

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Hannah Dahlen “Women aren’t dolphins” is a phrase often bandied about by those who question the idea of water births. But research increasingly points to the benefits of labouring with the help of a birthing pool and H20.

The rise (and rise) of the doula

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Fran Rimrod Gaby Targett, a doula, describes herself as "a guardian of natural birth". She talks about the role she's played in hundreds of births over her career of 17 years.

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Fran Rimrod Gaby Targett, a doula, describes herself as "a guardian of natural birth". She talks about the role she's played in hundreds of births over her career of 17 years.

Doctor threatens to call police and perform forced caesarean on patient

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Melanie Mahoney A pregnant woman was shocked when her doctor sent an email demanding that she either have a voluntary caesarean or he would call the police.

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Birth centre guidelines need changing, say midwives

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MELISSA DAVEY The national guidelines on where women should give birth are based on outdated beliefs that birth centres unattached to hospitals are dangerous, a leading Sydney midwifery expert says.

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Pregnant women being turned away

Last year, Victorian Auditor General Des Pearson revealed more than 200 women had given birth at Sunshine's emergency department due to a shortage of space in its maternity unit.

JULIA MEDEW Overwhelmed public maternity hospitals are rejecting bookings for pregnant women, forcing them to find hospitals further away or to switch to expensive private care.

Australian private hospital birth figures 'horrifying', expert says

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MELISSA DAVEY Tens of thousands of Australian women with a low risk of birth complications are undergoing unnecessary medical interventions in private hospitals, a new study has found.

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Babyology looks at Designer Mamas birthing gowns

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SITE: BABYOLOGY Babyology adores Designer Mamas birthing gowns - especially the all-new leopard print gown, for women who are after something a bit different in the birthing suite.

The blood's in the bank

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RACHEL BROWNE After 14 failed IVF attempts and two miscarriages, Arielle Herman's arrival didn't come easily. Her parents explain why they then decided to store her cord blood and tissue.

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Birth rituals: a better way to deliver?

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Sandy Smith What Aussie mums can learn from traditional childbirth practices.

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Dedicated midwives a boon to births: study

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Julia Medew Women who have one midwife caring for them during pregnancy are more likely to avoid medical interventions during labour including caesarean sections, Australian research has found.

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The Face of Birth: a film about pregnancy, childbirth and the power of choice

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The Face of Birth explores pregnancy and childbirth. Watch a free 20-minute clip on Essential Baby.

Coroner dismisses free-birth advocate's views

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Lisa Davies Free-birthing advocate Janet Fraser's views about the controversial practice were "wrong" and "quite insensitive" to the potential harm unassisted labour could cause, a coroner has ruled.

Birth of a new art form: professional labour photos

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Elissa Gootman It's a new trend around the globe: parents are paying to have professional photographers take photos of their child's birth.

Best results for twins at 37 weeks

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Michelle Henderson A new Australian study has revealed that 37 weeks gestation is the best time to give birth to twins in uncomplicated pregnancies.

Coroner's findings renew homebirth debate

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Tim Dornin South Australian deputy coroner Anthony Schapel this week ruled that it was a "matter of certainty" that three babies who died after homebirths would have lived if they'd been born in hospital, bringing more attention to an already fierce debate.

Watch: The 90-second labour and birth

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When Rachel Falecki’s husband said he’d put the video of their daughter’s birth on YouTube, Rachel was, understandably, a little worried. She didn't realise the 90-second film would be a hit - and the start of their new business, too.

Philosophers' claim over moral right to kill newborns sparks outrage

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Julie Robotham Killing newborns is morally the same as abortion and should be permissible if the mother wishes it, Australian philosophers have argued in an article that has unleashed a firestorm of criticism and forced the British Medical Journal to defend its publication.

Home birth: what mums-to-be need to know

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Justine Davies As a mum I have always been quite definite about the type of birth experience that I wanted to have and I was privileged to be able to avail myself of that choice. Here is what you need to know about choosing a home birth.

Alarm over jump in induced births

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Julie Robotham Obstetricians in NSW public hospitals will receive strict guidelines this week about when they should induce labour, after a state-wide surge in the practice that may be responsible for a continuing rise in caesarean births.

Caesarean link to infant respiratory infections

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Lucy Rickard Babies born by elective caesareans are more likely to suffer a serious respiratory infection in their first year of life, according to Perth researchers.

Paramedics deliver baby zoomer generation

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Amy Corderoy There was a lot that was unexpected about little Scarlett Steele's birth.

Steep rise in first-time mothers being induced

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Amy Corderoy A huge jump in first-time mothers having their labour induced is a worrying trend that is putting women at unnecessary risk, experts warn.

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