How would you feel about having a male midwife assist your baby's birth? For a growing number of mums, the idea is a reality - and the experts all agree that it's something that should be encouraged.
With proper medical attention, water birth is a legitimate and safe way for women to give birth and can help manage pain in labour.
As I lay on the hospital bed, fully dilated and numb from the waist down, I heard the words I was dreading.
Birth is an unpredictable, mysterious process that intrigues us all, and there is a lot of misinformation out there.
Hypnobirthing most certainly isn't about clucking like a chicken with Daryl Somers in front of a room full of gullible idiots.
The fear of all medical intervention in childbirth goes beyond justifiable caution. It is plain quackery.
The hospital maternity reception is full of expecting parents like my husband and me, waiting for the birth unit tour to start.
The incredible images show a father helping his wife deliver twins at home in their bathtub.
It sounds good in practice, but vaginal seeding might not be such a great idea after all.
Lotus birth has attracted advocates around the world who believe infants are put under unnecessary stress when they are cut off from the remainder of the blood supply from the placenta.
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.
Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.
WaterAid has photographed the contents of the maternity bags of expectant mothers around the world.