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.
Now new research from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) suggests that women who had epidurals and less pain in labour had a reduced chance of developing postpartum depression (PPD).
Pregnant women have long been told that staying upright and mobile during childbirth helps labour progress smoothly.
Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia about one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for this reason.
Midwife associations and home birth advocates have criticised the ACT's first publicly funded home birth trial as too restrictive, causing women who initially welcomed the program to withdraw interest.
"I understood finally that this was the child that was meant for me to hold in my arms and to raise."
The use of heat packs, along with other aspects of clinical care, can reduce your risk of tearing in birth.
A new mum angered by people suggesting women who deliver their babies via caesarean section have not "given birth" has challenged that misconception by sharing a photograph of her scar.
A leading obstetrician has warned the ACT's first publicly-funded home birth trial will put women and unborn children at risk.
Injuries resulting from vaginal births are surprisingly common - but you wouldn't know it.
"Culturally, we're obsessed with women suffering as much as possible during childbirth," writes Kasey Edwards.
Babies delivered by C-section were 64 per cent more likely to grow up to be obese than were their brothers and sisters delivered vaginally.