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 for it.
Fertility treatment in older age might be tougher, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done.
Turkey has the highest number of cesarean sections among OECD countries.
Turkey's high cesarean rates cannot be tackled by top-down restrictive laws.
Going it alone.
Does the growth of 'freebirthing' mean that women are rejecting professional advice? Or is there something else going on?
You say tomato, I say potato.
Delivering twins is a balance between preventing pregnancy complications and the dangers of prematurity. New research suggests there is an optimum time.
Would you like a caesarean or a forceps delivery?
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.
Talking with patients who’ve had Zika is tough.
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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.
Preterm babies are at significant risk of health and development problems, highlighting the need to get prevention strategies right.
New research has found a commonly used method of preventing early or pre-term birth (delivery of a baby before 37 weeks) may in fact be causing more to occur, and leading to further problems.
Social and financial pressures are driving many Australian women who want to have children to wait until later in life.
Are there other risks and complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth in your 50s and 60s – or even your 40s?
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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.
Midwives commonly supervise feeds and interject when women do something “wrong”.
The most common complaint is conflicting advice, as well as staff who are "bossy, judgemental and inaccessible" and who undermine women's confidence.
A new study has found birth education and complementary therapies such as yoga and acupressure can reduce caesarean rates.
Is childbirth education important? Do all the programs aim to achieve the same thing and, most importantly, do they?
It can be tough deciding where to give 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.
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.
No more morning sickness for mums to be?
A century from now you're likely to be considered a risk taker if you opt for natural conception and birth rather than IVF and artificial wombs.
Women in Africa have poor access to emergency obstetric care during childbirth.
More than two million women across the world suffer from obstetric fistula – a hole in the birth canal that makes them incontinent – but this can be avoided.
It happens more often than you think.
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.