#birthjusthappened: the photos changing the way we see labour

Stephanie Bonadio and baby Sienna in Delaware, USA.

CATHERINE RODIE There's no doubt that post-birth photos can have a powerful effect on women. But are they enough to change the way pregnant women feel about their own impending labours?

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What's the best position for giving birth?

Times have changed since women were expected to labour only on their backs.

CATHERINE RODIE If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Dancing to Michael Jackson isn't usually on the list of ways to make your baby arrive as soon as possible - but this mum thought it was worth a shot.

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Your pain threshold isn't actually set to low, high or somewhere in between - it can vary.

Angela Tufvesson Your pain threshold isn't actually set to low, high or somewhere in between. It can depend on range of psychological factors like perception, environment and education.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

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Nicole Thomson-Pride While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Will you get to the hospital in time?

Kristin Dickerson was filmed on her husband's GoPro when she gave birth outside hospital doors.

Angela Tufvesson Worrying your baby will be delivered by the roadside is a common concern for many mothers-to-be. So how likely are you to be caught short?

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Facebook appeal saves labouring woman's life

A Facebook post helped save the life of Clara Sowei Manu' Clare.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A plea for help posted on Facebook helped save the life of a pregnant woman who had spent days in labour in a remote part of Papua New Guinea.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

The 'Pain experience camp' has been a hit with expecting dads.

Natalie Thomas A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Trying to speed up the inevitable

Is there anything keen mums-to-be can do to help get labour started?

GREER BERRY As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

Birth trauma and the issue of informed consent

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Michele Munz There is a perception that women should just be happy they have a healthy baby in their arms. But for women who experienced birth trauma, there's a lot more to it.

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Tearing during delivery: the facts

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Staff writers Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

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Meconium stained liquor and meconium aspiration syndrome: the facts

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Staff writers Not all babies who are born with meconium staining will develop meconium aspiration syndrome, but both must be watched and treated carefully.

Labour the second time round - is it easier?

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Josefa Pete Pregnancy and labour go hand in hand with old wives tales. But while we may be able to dispel old ways to predict the sex of the baby, or labour inducing home therapies, is there any truth to labour being easier the second time round?

Dads in the delivery room

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Thea O'Connor Most Australian men are present and active at the birth of their children. But amid talk of trauma, not everyone believes this is a good thing ...

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Myth busting: 'childbearing hips' and birth

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Caroline Homer and Allison Cummins While the old adage about having “childbearing hips” isn’t usually a compliment, many women consider it an advantage when it comes to childbirth - but giving birth is never as black and white as saying small women can’t give birth to large babies.

Stages of labour

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Brooke Wells Find out what each stage of labour entails, from dilation of the cervix to meeting your baby, and then through to the afterbirth.

Could orgasmic birth be for real?

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Catherine Rodie Blagg We all had a good laugh when birth 'guru' Latham Thomas claimed that labour and childbirth can be a truly 'ecstatic' experience. But could she actually be right?

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Watch: Baby born in MRI machine

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It dosen't sound like a great place to give birth, but in 2010, researchers from a German hospital used a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to record a woman in labour.

Women who fear childbirth labour for longer

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How to prepare for an unexpected birth

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Lakshmi Singh Learn what to do if you find yourself about to give birth in an unusual situation or place.

Women labouring longer than they did 50 years ago

Study: Women are labouring longer than their grandmothers did.

Nicholas Bakalar and staff writers A US study has found that women are spending longer in labour than they did 50 years ago, a trend that may be caused by increasing maternal age, weight and changing delivery room practices.

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While I laboured, 639 women died

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Jo Pride In Australia, a woman dying during labour is a newsworthy event. In other parts of the world, it's just another part of the pregnancy process. So what can we do to help stop the deaths of these women?

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Fiona Lewis with her son, Jess.

Rachel Browne Hospital to home in four hours? It would have been unheard of a generation ago but in NSW maternity wards of the future, it is not unusual.

Assisted delivery

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Brooke Tasovac About 11% of births in Australia are assisted deliveries (also referred to as instrumental or operative vaginal deliveries) which require an obstetrician or midwife to use instruments and methods that help a baby to be born.

Best positions for labour

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Brooke Tasovac Once labour is underway, the positions the mother decides to take will certainly have an effect on comfort level!

Pain relief options in labour

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Brooke Tasovac There are various types of pain relief available to women during labour, although there are several factors that will influence what types can be administered.

Tweeting during childbirth? Why not?

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I’ve been criticised for sharing too much and I’ve been criticised for not sharing enough.

When should I go to hospital?

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Brooke Tasovac There are several signs that labour may have begun but knowing when is the right time to go to the hospital can still be difficult to tell ... perhaps you should familiarise yourself with the signs.

Myleene's little Hero

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British singer-turned-TV star Myleene Klass became a mother for the second time on Friday, welcoming a little girl named Hero.

Do dads belong in the labour ward?

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Tim Elliott Fathers now regularly attend the births of their children, but their presence isn't always welcome.

Miranda Kerr joins fight against fistula

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A very-pregnant Miranda Kerr has fronted a new video campaign to raise awareness of fistula, a birth complication which can spell death developing countries.

Birth from the business end

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Troy Jones A dad spills on what childbirth is really like - for men.

Easing labour pain naturally

Birth de-briefing

Julia Medew Terrified by memories of her sister giving birth, Chantal Stravens learned hypnosis so she could stay calm during her own labour.

Rise in induced births worries doctors

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Kate Benson One in three pregnant women in NSW has her labour induced - a rise of at least 15 per cent in the past 10 years - with almost half of inductions done without a medical reason.

Orgasmic birth an old midwives' tale

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