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.
How would you describe the pain of childbirth?
Over-dramatic, anxiety-provoking and violent language should be kept out of the birthing suite.
Women have long been told to avoid eating or drinking during labour due to concerns around the risk of vomiting or aspiration.
We are feeling all of the sympathy.
And does it with his patients.
Here's what the experts say.
After three very different labours, I was hoping my fourth and final one would be the holy grail of labours.
A woman has made an emotional plea for the return of her son's placenta amid fears it's been eaten by the thieves who stole it from her freezer.
Birth Without Fear is celebrating vernix – or what they call 'birthday frosting' – by sharing a photo of a baby covered in a thick layer of vernix.
A new study has demonstrated that eating during labour - rather than chowing down on ice chips - may actually be beneficial, leading to shorter deliveries.
You did it! Your baby is safely out and in your arms and the relief is overwhelming. Now there's the placenta.