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.
Cerebral palsy can involve skeletal deformities, muscle stiffness or weakness and uncontrolled movements.
The single diagnosis of cerebral palsy covers a wide range of conditions with many different contributing factors that interact in varying ways.
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…
Technology helps but human assistance is crucial.
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Childbirth is a time of increased vulnerability and mothers and babies need support.
Medical support is one of the things that makes birth safer.
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Home births are on the up but hospitals still matter.
Awareness campaigns encourage perfectionism and unwarranted personal responsibility for events over which new mums may have little control.
Fear-based messages from practitioners and awareness campaigns encourage perfectionism and unwarranted personal responsibility for events over which new mums may have little control.