The surprises? Well, I can certainly laugh about them now! Here are a few of the things no one warned me could happen in labour and birth.
Researchers have long tried to discover the best and worst days and times to give birth. But perhaps they've been asking the wrong questions.
I daydreamed about my baby's introduction to the world. I visualised myself a warrior, as women had forever done.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has just released new guidelines regarding cord clamping after birth.
These things do not make you any more or less of a mum, and they do not mean you child will be any less happy.
During a birth debrief, the new mother has an opportunity to talk about her birth experience.
The hospital maternity reception is full of expecting parents like my husband and me, waiting for the birth unit tour to start.
It's very common to feel a little stressed in the lead-up to your baby's birth. The reality is one in four pregnant women – under that "pregnancy glow" - feel anxious about giving birth.
There are so many forms to fill out during your pregnancy: from Medicare to Family Assistance Office forms, health insurance and hospital forms, life can seem like a constant procession of paperwork. But there's one document that's more interesting than most: your birth plan.
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
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.