It's a divisive parenting debate that flares up often: natural childbirth versus an elective caesarean. But for me, there was only one option that would help my physical and mental wellbeing intact.
More women are having caesarean sections than ever before in the ACT, reflecting national trends, according to a new report.
The rising caesarean section rate is not as ''inevitable as the weather'', as a urogynaecologist controversially stated this week; instead, we should be looking at the models of care and environments in which women give birth.
A gynaecologist has spoken out against current caesearean policies, saying that directives to reduce c-section rates are actually putting women at risk.
I know my decision won't be popular, but I believe that every woman has the right to choose how they have their baby. And my caesarean gave me the most control over how I felt about my body and my child's birth.
Previously unreleased figures from the NSW Ministry of Health show the state caesarean rate rose to 31.3 per cent of women in 2011, but one hospital is bucking that trend.
For my first child's birth, the theatre was crowded with doctors. My baby was pulled out of my tummy and it wasn't how nature intended.
Essential Baby forum members who've been there share their advice on having a caesarean, from preparation to aftercare.
Babies born by caesarean are much more likely to be admitted to hospital with gastrointestinal disease or chest infections in their first year of life than those born naturally, a study of NSW births has found.
Babies born by elective caesareans are more likely to suffer a serious respiratory infection in their first year of life, according to Perth researchers.
A question of delivery
A controversial new study suggests caesarean births may be a better path for mothers and their babies.