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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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.
Maternal mortality rates in West Africa is still among the highest the highest in the world.
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One of the reasons maternal mortality in West Africa is still so high is because less than 60% of women give birth under skilled care.
Year-on-year change in Ghana’s maternal mortality rate has been slow.
Ghana’s success in reduction in maternal deaths is being hampered by bad road infrastructure, female illiteracy, skills shortages and some local pastors.
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.
Even for couples who work full time, the burden of less fun forms of parenting, like changing diapers, often falls on the mother.
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It’s one thing if you’re a stay-at-home mom. But why aren’t working dads equally sharing household duties with working moms?
The placenta plays a critical role in pregnancy, fetal development and health throughout life.
An incredibly complex and important organ in its own right, the placenta is only found in mammals. And how it functions has the potential to have profound effects on the lifelong health of the developing foetus.
Episiotomies have a place in maternity care but should not be routinely performed.
It’s difficult to imagine how something as big as a baby’s head can come out of what appears to be a relatively small space. But during childbirth, the perineum – the area of skin and muscle between the…
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…