Birth

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is an option for mums who want a "more tranquil" start to their baby's life outside the womb..

Lotus birthing is not all that common - in fact, many of us haven't even heard of it.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

"Great sadness": Ada Nicodemou and husband Chrys Xipolitas.

Ada Nicodemou has said she will "never be completely happy again" after her son Harrison arrived stillborn last year.

How to use gas effectively in labour

Thinking about using gas (nitrous oxide) in labour? Learn how to get the most from it first.

As a doctor who's worked in obstetrics and gynaecology, I often get asked whether I think 'gas' – nitrous oxide – is a good pain relief option in labour.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

X-rays revealed there was a foreign object in a woman's abdomen and surgeons operated to remove the mobile phone.

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

What time of day are most babies born?

Researchers think evolution may have something to do with making the middle of the night an optimal time for delivery.

Researchers think evolution may have something to do with making the middle of the night an optimal time for delivery.

Some premature babies may survive at 22 weeks, study finds

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New study finds small minority of babies born a week or two before what is now generally considered the point of viability can be treated and survive.

Worst game show ever?

A couple competing on 'Labor Games'.

Labor Games may be simultaneously the most brilliant and the most head-shaking game-show idea ever.

To watch or not to watch

Prince William was present for the births of both of his children, George and Charlotte.

"It would be like watching my favourite pub burning down,"  one guy I know likes to say about childbirth.

When labour doesn't happen and you're induced

I waited for the contractions to come - but nothing.

The contractions never came. I was sent home in defeat and told to return first thing in the morning.

'Paralysed bride' becomes a mum

Rachelle and her husband Chris with their daughter, Kaylee.

Rachelle was paralysed at her hen party - but four years later she and her husband have welcomed their first child thanks to a surrogate friend.

Why the royal baby will look like Phillip

Britain's Prince George's, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are waiting for the arrival of the fourth member of their family.

The new bub will likely be a bit wrinkly upon arrival.

Surprise baby born on toilet

CarolAnn Baurle went to the toilet and ended up having a baby. She didn't even know she was pregnant.

"I need an ambulance. My wife just had a baby and she didn't know she was pregnant."

Model mum's big baby silences critics

Model Sarah Stage, eight months pregnant.

He may only be two days old, but baby James Hunter has already helped his model mum silence her critics.

Post-partum haemorrhaging: the facts

Recovering after birth isn't always as simple as waiting for bruising and stitches to heal.

Recovering after birth isn't always as simple as waiting for bruising and stitches to heal.

I had a home birth and I’m not stupid. Or brave

The happy family.

If someone had ever suggested having a home birth to me, I probably would’ve rolled my eyes or thought they were just a little too “out there” for my taste.

'Birth just happened'

Stephanie Bonadio and baby Sienna in Delaware, USA.

Of all the photos I have of myself, my favourite is the one that was taken directly after the birth of my second daughter.

Finding the right help, at the right time

As my wife progressed through her pregnancy, it became apparent that the doula intended to play a passive role in the birth, and it was up to us to be very proactive.

Sometimes parents need a helping hand. It starts from the moment you see the plus sign appear in the little window on the pregnancy test and never stops.

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

Women who have received this recognition have told us this has brought to them some comfort and acknowledgement of their loss.

NSW is the latest Australian state trying to help parents who experience early pregnancy loss. What's the case here?

Stop using this word about childbirth

"To remove gender oppression in birth we need to stop moralising and listen to women."

Birth is yet another area of society where to remove gendered oppression we need to stop moralising and listen to women, despite how confronting it may be.

Should men get a say in birth choice?

"Men can listen, suggest, hold concerns and discuss. But the final authority on what she does with her body should always be the woman herself," writes Kim Lock.

Men can listen, suggest, hold concerns and discuss. But the final authority on what she does with her body should always be the woman herself.

Taking a look at birth centre care

Deciding where to have your first baby is a personal, and often confusing, decision.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Big surprise: mum's unexpected 6.35kg baby

When Maxxzandra Ford found out she was 35 weeks pregnant, she was very surprised.

Preparing a birth plan

BIRTH PLAN: Write down how you'd like your birth to go: things like who you want in the room and your pain relief preferences..

There are so many forms to fill out during your pregnancy, but there is one document though which is more interesting than most - your birth plan.

How to raise your pain threshold for labour

LABOUR PAINS: Even if you think you have a low pain threshold you might be surprised at how well you handle labour pains.

When you think about labour, your first thoughts are likely to be about pain. Thanks to horror stories from friends, dramatic TV births and general trepidation about the unexpected, most mums-to-be fear the pain of childbirth.  

Why I booked a caesarean

ANXIOUS TIMES: For some women the thought of labour is overwhelmingly scary.

When I fell pregnany I was ecstatic. Then my fear of labour set in. To say I became obsessed is something of an understatement.

When to ask for an epidural

PAIN RELIEF: Don't be afraid to ask for pain relief in labour if you need it.

When to start epidural pain relief during labour and delivery should be up to the mother, researchers say.

Best positions for labour

LABOUR POSITIONS: How you position yourself during labour could have a big impact on your comfort levels.

How you position yourself during labour could have a big impact on your comfort levels and how labour progresses.

Does birth get easier?

OLD WIVES' TALES? Is there any truth to the perception that birth is easier second or third time around?

A common perception is that a woman's body will know what to do in a second labour and the whole experience will be easier than the first time.

Will you get to the hospital in time?

TIME TO GO? Timing your run can be tricky in labour - turn up to the hospital too early and you risk getting sent home, too late and your baby might be born in the car.

Worrying that your baby will be delivered by the side of the road en route to hospital is a common concern for many mothers-to-be. It's especially understandable given the amount of babies born in cars, hospitals corridors and unplanned home births in your favourite TV shows.

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