The most important thing is to keep the baby warm – put her on your chest covered with a warm towel.
Women often express a fear of giving birth en route to the hospital, and these fears have some basis.
Everyone is born to someone, so birth is everyone’s business – or so it seems.
New WHO guidelines warn that medicalisation of birth is creating a lack of choice for birthing women.
How should pregnant women make sense of the diverse risks and benefits of caesarean versus vaginal delivery?
Women and their care givers need to be aware of the long-term risks of an early planned delivery.
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.
A simple heat pack can reduce pain and perineal tearing during childbirth.
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.
Going it alone.
Does the growth of 'freebirthing' mean that women are rejecting professional advice? Or is there something else going on?
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We don't know much about fear during childbirth and its effects on outcomes for women and their newborns in the United States.
Recent studies have revealed an emerging understanding of the benefits of birthing relationships through the childbearing process.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Hannah Dahlen and Jacqueline Nelson about the importance of the relationship between a midwife and an expectant mother.
Birthing on country generally refers to an Aboriginal mother giving birth to her child on the lands of their ancestors.
Where birthing on country is not offered, women leave their families weeks before birth. Or she can choose to give birth in her community without skilled birth attendants, which is risky.
Fear and tension make the pain much worse.
Pain during labour and birth is a complex combination of physical and psychological factors.
Around 85% of Australian women have a repeat caesarean, but it’s often not necessary.
We've come a long way from the first documented successful caesarean. In 1500, Swiss farmer Jacob Nufer operated on his wife after a labour of several days. She went on to have five more vaginal births.
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One of the key times women need reliable contraception is soon after they give birth. But they often have a hard time getting long-acting reversible methods, like IUDs and contraceptive implants.
Hurry up! We’re on the clock.
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Are we overscheduling our children even from the moment of their birth? We live in an on-demand world. Movies are shown on request, food is delivered on call and drivers arrive when beckoned. As an economist…
During the first few minutes after birth a baby can receive 80-100 millilitres of blood – nearly a third of their blood volume.
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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.
Diabetic women are at greater risk of still births, miscarriages and delivery problems.
A British woman has become the first diabetic to give birth naturally using an artificial pancreas.
Any information about birthing women are exposed to influences their expectations long before they directly receive maternity care.
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.
Legislating for commercial surrogacy would enable Australia to overcome concerns about poorly regulated clinics overseas, such as this one in Thailand.
Often emphasised in discussions about children’s best interests is the idea that certain ways of having and raising children are “natural”. For example, this word appears frequently in reference to how…
Inuit women carrying their kids in traditional hooded parkas. Indigenous midwifery programs have expanded across Canada and are linked to excellent health outcomes.
Tony Abbott spent most of this week in North East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. In the final of our Abbott in…
If you’re born underweight, like this little baby on the left, it can make a world of difference to your lifelong health.
Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Australia’s southern grass skink gives birth to live young and a valuable species for understanding placenta evolution.
Have you ever wondered why we give birth to live young rather than lay eggs? Scientists have pondered this for a long time and answers have come from an unlikely source: some of Australia’s lizards and…