They might think they are just there to hold your hand, but experts say a woman's partner can actually make a difference to the level of pain felt during labour.
Now new research from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) suggests that women who had epidurals and less pain in labour had a reduced chance of developing postpartum depression (PPD).
Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia about one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for this reason.
"Culturally, we're obsessed with women suffering as much as possible during childbirth," writes Kasey Edwards.
Women may soon be able to use a nasal spray for pain relief during childbirth following successful trials by an Australian midwifery researcher.
Thinking about pain relief options in labour? It's worth considering TENS, says a mum of three.
Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.
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.
When to start epidural pain relief during labour and delivery should be up to the mother, researchers say.
Research has shown that listening to music during birth can help reduce pain and decrease anxiety. Mums share their advice on the music that helped them in labour.
During my child's birth I had cursed like a sailor. It wasn't just the odd F-Bomb - it was more like an F-Annihilation.