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PREGNANT

Tearing during delivery

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

NEWBORN

Born in the bathroom

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

Dad kissing baby bump

Dramatic rise in caesareans

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

WOMAN RUNNING

Exercise after caesarean

Ask an expert

I want to get back into exercise (after a c-section), what are some good 'first-steps'?

Pregnant

Natural induction

Some pregnant women go to incredible lengths to coax bubs out, including rubbing potatoes on their feet and foraging for mushrooms at midnight.

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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 Pregnant woman

When labour doesn't happen

I can't help feeling I've been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I'll never get the chance.

Pregnant belly

Inducing a labour

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

Caesarean Pregnant

Caesarean saved sanity

For me, there was only one birth option that would help keep my physical and mental wellbeing intact.

Gavel

Lawsuit after forced caesarean

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

Post natal Pregnant

On birthing vaginally

One mum-to-be wanted to know whether her vagina would be pleasing to the eye post-delivery.

placenta

Would you eat placenta?

'Are you going to eat that?' When it comes to placenta, the answer is increasingly 'yes'.

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