Stages of Labour


"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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Scared sad depressed pregnant woman

Women who fear childbirth labour for longer

Women who are afraid of childbirth spend longer in labour than those who aren’t – and also have a higher chance of needing an emergency caesarean, according to new research.

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Study: women are labouring for longer than their grandmothers did.

Women labouring longer than they did 50 years ago

A US study has found that women are spending longer in labour than they did 50 years ago, a trend that may be caused by increasing maternal age, weight and changing delivery room practices.

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"Improving access to quality medical services is important. We also need to increase access to family-planning methods."

While I laboured, 639 women died

In Australia, a woman dying during labour is a newsworthy event. In other parts of the world, it's just another part of the pregnancy process. So what can we do to help stop the deaths of these women?

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Assisted delivery

About 11% of births in Australia are assisted deliveries (also referred to as instrumental or operative vaginal deliveries) which require an obstetrician or midwife to use instruments and methods that help a baby to be born.

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Labour position thumb

Best positions for labour

Once labour is underway, the positions the mother decides to take will certainly have an effect on comfort level!

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