Birth

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.

Pain-free labour: fact or fiction?

EASY PEASY: Some very lucky women find labour and childbirth a painless breeze.

It's a question that runs through the mind of every first time mum-to-be - how will I know when I'm in labour? And if you actually ask the question, you'll usually get the same reply: "Oh, trust me, you'll know".

Does sex bring on labour?

SEXY TIMES? If you don't feel like getting it on when trying to bring on labour, maybe settle for a curry instead.

Is there any truth in the widespread belief that sex during the later stages of pregnancy can jumpstart labour?

How to choose a birth partner

SUPPORT CREW: Is two company or are you up for a crowd when it comes to giving birth

Deciding who is going to support you during the birth of your child is an important decision and one that needs a lot of careful consideration.

Birth plan goes awry at petrol station

Miranda and Jacob Scott-Simmonds with baby "Z" and daughter Dillon, 2.

Expectant mum pulled into petrol station when 'things were progressing a bit faster than expected'.

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