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.
A survey of maternity patients at NSW public hospitals suggests midwife-led care is crucial to a good experience.
"I was overwhelmed with excitement and couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I still get excited thinking about it now!"
Ella Kurtz gave birth to her second child surrounded by textures, sounds and items she loves.
Jamie Hare was excited about watching the birth of his fourth baby. On a cold day in June 2010, the plasterer put on a gown at Latrobe Regional Hospital and waited to be called into the operating theatre for his partner Linda's caesarean.
I daydreamed about my baby's introduction to the world. I visualised myself a warrior, as women had forever done.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has just released new guidelines regarding cord clamping after birth.
More women in NSW are being diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy and more are having births induced or delivered by caesarean, new figures show.
Ivana Alexander was anxious about having her first baby.
Raquel Renteria is a #badassmama. Why? Because she knows that giving birth via caesarean doesn't make her less of a mum.
"If, after careful assessment by their maternity care provider, there seems to be no reason why a woman shouldn't be offered a chance at VBAC, then the opportunity should be provided."
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).