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.

Gynaecologist questions push for natural delivery

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AMY CORDEROY A gynaecologist has spoken out against current caesearean policies, saying that directives to reduce c-section rates are actually putting women at risk.

My planned caesarean

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KIRAN CHUG I know my decision won't be popular, but I believe that every woman has the right to choose how they have their baby. And my caesarean gave me the most control over how I felt about my body and my child's birth.

Why we must stop judging c-section mums


Kiran Chug For my first child's birth, the theatre was crowded with doctors. My baby was pulled out of my tummy and it wasn't how nature intended.

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Mums tell: 'What I wish I'd known before my caesarean'

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Staff writers Essential Baby forum members who've been there share their advice on having a caesarean, from preparation to aftercare.

Could a caesarean birth make your baby sick?

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Amy Corderoy Babies born by caesarean are much more likely to be admitted to hospital with gastrointestinal disease or chest infections in their first year of life than those born naturally, a study of NSW births has found.

A question of delivery

Caesarean births a better option for mothers?


Julia Medew A controversial new study suggests caesarean births may be a better path for mothers and their babies.

Having a caesarean section


Brooke Wells Everything you need to know about giving birth by c-section.

Natural births better for babies

Skin to skin

Danielle Teutsch and Kate Benson Babies born by caesarean section are more vulnerable to asthma, allergies and infection as they miss out on receiving their mothers' good bacteria during birth, a scientist says.

No caesarean for big baby: mother sues


Kim Arlington A woman who claims she suffered pelvic injuries while giving birth to a large baby at Westmead Hospital is seeking damages, alleging the hospital was negligent in failing to deliver the child by caesarean section.

Hospitals should have blood for caesarean mums: coroner

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Harriet Alexander Court Reporter Hospitals should be forced to ensure they have adequate supplies of blood for every woman about to give birth by caesarean, a NSW coroner has recommended.

How to have a positive caesarean experience

Melissa Maimann Caesareans have been the subject of controversy for quite some time. The purpose of this article is not to debate the relative merits of a caesarean or a vaginal birth because for some women, a caesarean is the safest way to have a baby.

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Work stress blamed for caesarean rise

Kate Benson Women who stop working at least a month before their baby is due are four times less likely to have a caesarean delivery because they are less tired and anxious, research has found.

C-section for one in three

Kate Benson First-time mothers are getting older every year, with one in seven babies now born to women over 35, but the nation's caesarean rate is still climbing and thousands of women continue to smoke while pregnant, the latest report on Australia's mothers and babies reveals.

Women shun caesareans

Kate Benson Pregnant women are much more willing than their doctors to accept the risks involved in having a normal vaginal delivery and most are prepared to risk even the most debilitating and painful outcomes rather than have an elective caesarean, Sydney researchers have found.

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Too posh to push?

Meredith Nash Behind the rise in caesareans is a fact - giving birth can be terrifying, writes Meredith Nash.


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Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

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Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

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Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

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Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

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The parasite that could boost fertility

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Family may sue cousin over genetics

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Strange things mums have done in labour

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Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

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The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

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Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

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Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

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