Birth

Birth

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Pregnant belly

Inducing a labour

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

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Slammed for birth story

When Kirra Givanni wrote about her drug-free birth experience on Facebook, she was torn to shreds by other mums. But why?

Pregnant

Packing your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

newborn

Post-birth rituals

Just after Heather's daughter Sarah was born, Heather felt an overwhelming desire to lick her clean.

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.

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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 Swiss ball

Can birth be fun?

"I thought, surely it can't be this cruisy," says Trae Flett who joked her way through her second labour, and even enjoyed a pizza.

heart mum

Giving birth during heart surgery

"The last thing I remember is emergency people coming, and that's it"

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 NEWBORN

The 'fourth trimester'

Yes, I know, pregnancy is only three trimesters, but in my opinion the postpartum period should count too.

PELVIC FLOOR, EXERCISE

Managing the motherload

Getting back to the gym too soon after giving birth could be a wee bit embarrassing if you're not careful.

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