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.
What should parents use instead?
No matter how far you stray from your birth plan, if you are blessed enough to have a healthy baby at the end of it all, try make that your focus.
OPINION: I've given birth both ways - and any woman who opts for a C-section is crazy.
The argument over the safety of home births is nothing new.
Reports suggest the newest royal will enter the world with the help of hypnobirthing, but what exactly does that mean?
There is a fine line between necessary medical interventions to ensure the safety of both woman and her baby, and decisions made that violate a woman’s rights.
The baby was born at 38 weeks and may have broken the state's birth weight records.
Up to 60 per cent of planned caesarean sections are being performed before 39 weeks of gestation without a medical reason despite mounting evidence of the risks.
The rise has been driven by women in wealthier regions with no medical issues.
An expert is saying birth media may be setting birth up as a negative experience.
I just can't shake the feeling that my entire labour was not what it should have been.