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.
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...
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.
Julia Medew Ambulance officers attend an average of four births every day in Victoria, but new data has shown that every year, about 190 women give birth with only the help of bystanders - and these often happen...
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.
A question of delivery
Julia Medew A controversial new study suggests caesarean births may be a better path for mothers and their babies.
Julia Medew More than 50 Victorian women have safely given birth at home this year as part of a state government-funded trial that provides hospital back-up.
Julia Medew Terrified by memories of her sister giving birth, Chantal Stravens learned hypnosis so she could stay calm during her own labour.