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

In defence of birth plans

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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.

Practicing birth positions

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Book Extract | Being Dad We will be looking at birthing positions that your partner can adopt to help facilitate an easier birth. You, my friend, will help her with these positions and will need to know them and to encourage her to try different positions as the labor progresses.

Just ask Justine

Should I bank my baby's cord blood?

Stem cell placenta and umbilical cord research

Justine Davies I wonder whether it really is worth doing? What is it used for and is it really worth the cost?

Tales of the unexpected

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Mia Freedman If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. If you want to make a midwife laugh, tell her your birth plan. I'd always mocked birth plans, even before having a baby myself and most certainly afterwards.

Are birth plans a waste of time?

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Amity Dry As the final weeks of my pregnancy creep by it's time to pack my bags and contemplate going through labour again. But this time one part of my preparations will be missing. I won't waste my time writing a birth plan. Because I know now the idea that I have any control over how my labour goes is an absolute crock.

Fears for mothers as hospitals up the ante for birth classes

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Natasha Wallace The cost of antenatal classes should be means-tested and made uniform across all hospitals, according to the Australian College of Midwives.

Sex, birth & videotape

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Justine Davies My hubby recently bought a new digital video recorder so that we can record our daughter’s development over the years on film. All good. He’s now decided though that he also wants to videotape the birth.

VB vs Caesarean: what should I do?

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Justine Davies I am 6 months pregnant with my first child and I am sure that I want to have a caesarean. I’ve told my obstetrician and she is happy with that decision – but some of my friends aren’t.

Using acupuncture to prepare for birth

Rebecca Mar Young Acupuncturist Rebecca Mar Young, who focuses on pregnancy, explains how acupuncture can help you prepare for birth.

Queen Bee's tips on packing your hospital bag

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The days of grabbing your keys, mobile and wallet and heading out the door are soon to be over, and it all starts with the birth!

Preparing for labour

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You are approaching the end of your pregnancy and it is time to get ready for that important moment when labour begins.

Your birth plan

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These days you and your partner can play a far more active role in your pregnancy, labour and birth.

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Why you need a birth plan

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Mia Freedman Are birth plans a waste of the paper they’re written on? Mia Freedman starts thinking about what she’s going to do in the delivery room this time around.

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Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

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Honest words from first-time mums

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Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

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What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

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'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

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Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

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How to react when a toddler lies

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Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

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Mum dances her way through labour

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Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

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When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

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