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Greer Berry is mulling over who she wants in the room when she's in labour.
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.
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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One father reflects on his daughter's surprising entrance into the world as a lifelong gift.
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When Kirra Givanni wrote about her drug-free birth experience on Facebook, she was torn to shreds by other mums. But why?
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.
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.
"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.
"The last thing I remember is emergency people coming, and that's it"
If you were giving birth, what would be your choice: a longer labour with relatively less pain, or a shorter labour with terrible pain?
Listening to music during labour can help reduce the perception of pain and bring anxiety levels down. What would you have on your playlist?
Overweight women can fail to respond to signals that trigger labour, explaining why they have higher rates of being induced.
This bride wasn't going to let contractions stop her from walking down the aisle.
Daniel McCarthy has jokingly dubbed himself an impromptu midhusband after he delivered his third son in the family bathroom.
A Florida girl is being hailed a hero after helping deliver her baby brother when her mother unexpectedly went into labour.
During childbirth I cursed like a sailor; it wasn't just the odd F-Bomb, it was more like an F-Annihilation.
Delayed umbilical cord clamping has been shown to benefit babies, but until now the practice had been cumbersome.
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