When World War II struck, the British government evacuated women to hospitals in the countryside to give birth – and the change still affects maternity care today.
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Our birth is one of the all-important bookends of our lives and affects so much of what comes later – so why don't we think about it more?
Lots of positive pregnancy tests this time of year.
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Tokophobia is a pathological fear of pregnancy and can lead to avoidance of childbirth.
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Intervention will sometimes be required in childbirth, but should only occur when medically necessary.
Our study found babies born via medical or surgical intervention were at increased risk of health problems, from jaundice and feeding issues, to diabetes, respiratory infections and eczema.
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.
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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.