New WHO guidelines warn that medicalisation of birth is creating a lack of choice for birthing women.
Tokophobia is a pathological fear of pregnancy and can lead to avoidance of childbirth.
BBC's Call the Midwife is a celebration of working class women's labour. In its frank, but sweet, discussion of childbirth, it has much in common with fairy tales.
Having a baby could provide even more motivation.
Society holds paradoxical views of childbirth, which can make the debate around it confusing.
Teenagers, unmarried women and migrants are among those missing out on antenatal care in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, according to new Australian research.
Women need to be given more information about pelvic floor health during and after pregnancy.
Childbirth in the U.S. can be dangerous and dehumanizing. An ob/gyn who traveled recently to India to review childbirth there says the U.S. and India fall short in similar ways.
Midwives should provide continuous support during labour and birth and they should respect women's choices when it is within safe practice to do so.
The defunding of Planned Parenthood is a goal of many in the new administration. Here's a look at the facts about the group, including the number of people it serves and the services it provides.
If President Trump follows through on his campaign promise, new mothers may soon have six weeks of guaranteed paid leave. But something is keeping them from using the benefits they already have.
Planning to give birth just a little early carries long-term risks for babies, as researchers are discovering. This is why we should be concerned.
Our statistical analysis found that as the sex ratio at birth went up -- that is, more males were born -- so did life expectancy in a strongly related manner.
Fear of perineal tearing is common as women prepare for childbirth. A simple warm pack can ease pain, prevent physical trauma and aid in recovery after your baby is born.
Fertility treatment in older age might be tougher, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done.
Turkey's high cesarean rates cannot be tackled by top-down restrictive laws.
Does the growth of 'freebirthing' mean that women are rejecting professional advice? Or is there something else going on?
Delivering twins is a balance between preventing pregnancy complications and the dangers of prematurity. New research suggests there is an optimum time.
The reduction of childbirth to a 'choice' between surgery and vaginal birth with interventions comes from patriarchal views about the fundamental failure of the female body.
Physicians like me are learning about Zika along with our patients. This takes a dose of humility on our part and an understanding from our patients that we learn something new every single day.