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Sharing birth stories

I didn't anticipate the need to share the details of giving birth, but the need to share is as overwhelming as the need to push.

Dads experience labour pains

A Chinese hospital is hooking dads-to-be up to electric shock machines to give them a taste of labour pains.

The birth experience

Labour is basically one of the biggest dice throws of life, and you really don't know what you're going to get.

When to ask for an epidural

When to start epidural pain relief during labour and delivery should be up to the mother, researchers say.

In-laws in the labour room

Apparently one in five women want their mother-in-law in the delivery room when they give birth. Are you one of them?


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The facts about induction

Here's what you need to know about inductions, including the common reasons for having one, how they are done, and the risks.

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Hollywood homebirths

Check out which high-profile mums gave birth at home. You might be surprised.

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Choosing birth partners

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

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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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Born in the bathroom

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

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Inducing a labour

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


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?


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.

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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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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.

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Giving birth during heart surgery

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

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Labour pains

If you were giving birth, what would be your choice: a longer labour with relatively less pain, or a shorter labour with terrible pain?

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Groove your way through labour

Listening to music during labour can help reduce the perception of pain and bring anxiety levels down. What would you have on your playlist?

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Weight linked to overdue births

Overweight women can fail to respond to signals that trigger labour, explaining why they have higher rates of being induced.

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