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.
The strict cultural practice of bed rest after birth is widespread in western Sydney, but it could put new mothers at risk of venous thromboembolism.
Researchers found the two day antenatal course had the potential to drastically reduce the number of caesarean births, leading to huge healthcare savings.
"I guess it's kind of second nature to me to pull babies out."
Women often express a fear of giving birth en route to the hospital, and these fears have some basis.
This new term is hoping to bring power back to mothers who've given birth that way.
Researchers find that women's weight is behind significant number of pregnancy complications, including stillbirths.
Australia has the third lowest rate of planned home births among a group of developed nations at 0.4 per cent.
Kelly Boateng has given birth in water three times. Research shows for low-risk women, water births come with many benefits.
Things don't always go to plan.
Sixteen years ago, following three months of birth education, Nadine Richardson and her partner found themselves 36 hours into labour and only two centimetres dilated.
So many new mums have curve balls thrown at them.