Stages of Labour

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Making labour less painful, naturally

In this era of amazing scientific and technological developments, why are there so few pain relief options for birth? And how can we help make the process a little more comfortable for women?

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No two labours are the same.

Labour the second time round - is it easier?

Pregnancy and labour go hand in hand with old wives tales. But while we may be able to dispel old ways to predict the sex of the baby, or labour inducing home therapies, is there any truth to labour being easier the second time round?

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Blood loss in labour on the rise

A sharp rise in the number of women needing blood transfusions when they give birth is concerning doctors, who are at a loss to explain why more women are experiencing serious bleeding in childbirth.

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Dads in the delivery room

Most Australian men are present and active at the birth of their children. But amid talk of trauma, not everyone believes this is a good thing ...

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Myth busting: 'childbearing hips' and birth

While the old adage about having “childbearing hips” isn’t usually a compliment, many women consider it an advantage when it comes to childbirth - but giving birth is never as black and white as saying small women can’t give birth to large babies.

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Walking or being vertical can help with moving labour along.

Stages of labour

Find out what each stage of labour entails, from dilation of the cervix to meeting your baby, and then through to the afterbirth.

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"Natural birth can turn a traumatic experience into something mind blowing ... even orgasmic” ... Caroline Flint

Could orgasmic birth be for real?

We all had a good laugh when birth 'guru' Latham Thomas claimed that labour and childbirth can be a truly 'ecstatic' experience. But could she actually be right?

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Labour of love ... This photo was taken by the research team who recorded the MRI birth.

Watch: Baby born in MRI machine

It dosen't sound like a great place to give birth, but in 2010, researchers from a German hospital used a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to record a woman in labour.

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