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.
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.
Friends and family will understand.
In many ways, it was my favourite birth.
The case of a newborn who developed a life-threatening infection has led to calls for women to be cautious when considering a water birth.
Just waiting 60 seconds before clamping a premature baby's umbilical cord can dramatically improve its chances of survival, Australian researchers say.
The findings are contrary to long-held assumptions.