Birth

Birth

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birth injury

My baby was injured during birth

My son was a few months old when we first heard the term brachial plexus birth injury and realised he may never gain full function of his arm.

Greer Berry

Choosing birth partners

Greer Berry is mulling over who she wants in the room when she's in labour.

Katy Chatel

A birth party

I hadn't wanted a hospital birth or medicine; evidentally, I hadn't wanted privacy, either. I had invited a dozen people to the birth party and most of them came.

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Birth trauma

A month after the birth of her daughter Erin Shetler was having nightmares and flashbacks, unable to stop replaying what happened.

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What it's like to have a caesarean

What exactly is involved in a caesarean birth? Here's the low down.

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Have a happy homebirth

Delivering her son at home made Sarah Cronan feel strong, powerful and, quite simply, euphoric, she writes.

IVF alternatives

How to choose a birth partner

Do you want your privacy when it comes to giving birth or would you be happy to have family or friends in the room?

Birth plan Greer Berry

Compiling a birth playlist

I couldn't imagine running without an iPod to drown out the sound of me dying. Will it work for labour?

IVF alternatives

How to choose a birth partner

Do you want your privacy when it comes to giving birth or would you be happy to have family or friends in the room?

Labour Newborn baby

Born in the bathroom

One father reflects on his daughter's surprising entrance into the world as a lifelong gift.

Pregnant belly

Inducing a labour

With one in four women facing induction of labour, here are some useful things to know.

Caesarean A baby

Dramatic rise in caesareans

A culture of fear around childbirth is behind the rising rates of caesareans, experts say.

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Lawsuit after forced caesarean

An American woman is suing her hospital, claiming she was forced into a caesarean.

Post natal sleep deprivation

When will I feel like myself again?

New mothers repeat: Sleepness nights aren't forever. Pumping isn't forever. Nappies aren't forever.

Pregnant woman

Tearing during delivery

The facts about tearing during childbirth, and how to treat it if it happens.

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