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.
A new life is brought gently into the world with tender and expert hands.
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.
Most would agree that a c-section isn't the way we want our babies to enter this world but sometimes we don't get to choose.
A leading Sydney doctor says the push for natural childbirth is endangering women and babies.
A survey of maternity patients at NSW public hospitals suggests midwife-led care is crucial to a good experience.
"I was overwhelmed with excitement and couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I still get excited thinking about it now!"
Ella Kurtz gave birth to her second child surrounded by textures, sounds and items she loves.
Jamie Hare was excited about watching the birth of his fourth baby. On a cold day in June 2010, the plasterer put on a gown at Latrobe Regional Hospital and waited to be called into the operating theatre for his partner Linda's caesarean.
I daydreamed about my baby's introduction to the world. I visualised myself a warrior, as women had forever done.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has just released new guidelines regarding cord clamping after birth.
More women in NSW are being diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy and more are having births induced or delivered by caesarean, new figures show.