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Recent studies have revealed an emerging understanding of the benefits of birthing relationships through the childbearing process. Shutterstock

Speaking with: Hannah Dahlen on pregnancy care

Dallas Rogers speaks with Hannah Dahlen and Jacqueline Nelson about the importance of the relationship between a midwife and an expectant mother.
It can be tough deciding where to give birth. nata-lunata/Shutterstock

Explainer: what are women’s options for giving birth?

More than 300,000 women give birth in Australia each year. Most (97%) give birth in hospitals (72% of these in public and 28% in private), while 0.3% are born before they arrive at hospital.
During the first few minutes after birth a baby can receive 80-100 millilitres of blood – nearly a third of their blood volume. Paul Hakimata Photography/Shutterstock

Delay clamping babies’ umbilical cords for better health and development

One of the most common surgical procedures undertaken in the world today – one that every human alive has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth.
The UK came 24th in a recent study of the best places to be a mother. from www.shutterstock.com

Why isn’t the UK a safer place to give birth?

Save The Children's latest State of the World's Mothers report highlights the impact of rising inequality on maternal deaths.
Any information about birthing women are exposed to influences their expectations long before they directly receive maternity care. Raphaël Labbé/Flickr

Women’s magazines could play a role in promoting natural births

Medical intervention in birth is normalised by both maternity care providers and all kinds of media. Our research shows information about the benefits of natural birth help women make better choices.
Episiotomies have a place in maternity care but should not be routinely performed. Paul Curto/Flickr

Episiotomy during childbirth: not just a ‘little snip’

It’s difficult to imagine how something as big as a baby’s head can come out of what appears to be a relatively small space. But during childbirth, the perineum – the area of skin and muscle between the…
Only a handful of Australian hospitals offer continuity of care and midwives on call. Image from shutterstock.com

Call the Midwife: playing catch up with Australia’s maternity care

In the much-loved British TV drama Call the Midwife, women are offered care from dedicated midwives through pregnancy, labour and birth. The midwives are therefore able to get to know the women and practice…
Women who were randomised to receive midwife-led continuity models of care were less likely to experience preterm birth, the Cochrane review found. feministjulie

One-on-one midwife care linked to lower risk of premature birth

Women who have a midwife as their main carer throughout pregnancy and birth are around 23% less likely to have a premature…
BBC’s The White Queen set to feature 15th Century birth scene, when female midwives were the norm. BBC

Drunken midwives and snooty surgeons: a short history of giving birth

The history of childbirth and midwifery has seen some dramatic changes, not only in new medical discoveries that vastly improved the safety of both mother and baby but also in social trends and the way…
Many hospitals are carrying out caesareans before 39 weeks despite official guidelines. Wikimedia Commons/Mediajet

We’ve become blind to the risks of having babies by caesearean

Hospitals provide much-needed medical care and treatment for women who run into difficulty in childbirth. But many women and babies have medical intervention and treatment without good reason. We’ve become…
The perceived dangers of home birth are overstated. krzyboy2o

Home birth is a viable and safe option for most women

In response to a recent South Australian coroner’s finding that three babies died from preventable causes, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has said she will close a loophole in national health laws that…

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