While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.
Out of all the questions asked of mums-to-be, 'Do you know what you're having?' would be right up there in popularity.
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.
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.
Learn what to do if you find yourself about to give birth in an unusual situation or place.
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.
Pregnant women who are induced for “non-recognised” medical reasons have a higher chance of birth complications than other mums, a study has found.
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?
Hospital to home in four hours? It would have been unheard of a generation ago but in NSW maternity wards of the future, it is not unusual.
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.
Once labour is underway, the positions the mother decides to take will certainly have an effect on comfort level!
There are various types of pain relief available to women during labour, although there are several factors that will influence what types can be administered.
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