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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.

Raise your pain threshold for labour

Your pain threshold can depend on a range of psychological factors like perception, environment and education.

Natural pain relief in labour

There are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital in labour.

Will you get to the hospital on time?

Worrying that your baby will be delivered by the side of the road en route to hospital is a common concern. So how likely are you to get caught short?

Aftermath of traumatic birth

Unconscious when her son was born, Shona was shocked to see 'resuscitation of infant' on her hospital invoice.


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Water birth

Will childbirth kill your sex life?

I was there during the bursting of waters and the 17 hours of probing and searching. I was in and out of showers, sworn at and an assistant in epidurals.

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.

Greer Berry

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.

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When to ask for an epidural

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

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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.

Greer Berry

Choosing birth partners

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

Katy Chatel

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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