Labour

Labour

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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.

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.

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.

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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Here comes the bride ... and baby

This bride wasn't going to let contractions stop her from walking down the aisle.

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Early morning delivery

Daniel McCarthy has jokingly dubbed himself an impromptu midhusband after he delivered his third son in the family bathroom.

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8-year-old helps deliver brother

A Florida girl is being hailed a hero after helping deliver her baby brother when her mother unexpectedly went into labour.

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Swearing during labour

During childbirth I cursed like a sailor; it wasn't just the odd F-Bomb, it was more like an F-Annihilation.

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Delayed cord clamping no barrier

Delayed umbilical cord clamping has been shown to benefit babies, but until now the practice had been cumbersome.

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Seeing yourself being born...

Watch this hilarious clip of a 24-year-old man watching his birth video with his mum. (Don't worry the gory bits are blacked out).

Water birth

Why is childbirth such a pain?

If medicine can perform miracles like organ transplants how come having a baby in the 21st century can still hurt so much?

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I saved the best for last

I knew my son would be my last baby, and in comparison to his sisters, his birth story is the best.

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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.

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Birth 'like a movie scene'

Former Home and Away actress Jodi Gordon says the birth of her daughter felt like something out of a movie.

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Does birth get easier?

A common perception is that a woman's body will know what to do in a second labour making it easier than the first time.

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Dads in the delivery room

"You can't print our real names because people would be shocked. But when our second child is born I'm not going to be there."

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