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What mattered most to mothers using Nigeria’s free maternal health services was that their babies were healthy. Adekunle Ajayi/Getty Images

What mothers told me about Nigeria’s free maternal health services

With the introduction of free maternal healthcare, Nigeria appears to have got more women using health facilities, but there are more hurdles to cross.
James Young Simpson’s Caesarian forceps, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. Stephencdickson/Wikipedia

How forceps permanently changed the way humans are born

Childbirth used to be a terrifying ordeal. But women were surrounded by others – mothers, aunts, sisters – who brought love and experience. But midway through the 19th century, this changed.
An epidural takes up to 45 minutes to work, so if the baby’s coming it could be too late. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: what is an epidural for labour?

Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia approximately one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for pain relief.
Talking with patients who’ve had Zika is tough. Pregnant woman and doctor image via www.shutterstock.com.

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

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.
Recent studies have revealed an emerging understanding of the benefits of birthing relationships through the childbearing process. Shutterstock

Speaking with: Hannah Dahlen on pregnancy care

Dallas Rogers speaks with Hannah Dahlen and Jacqueline Nelson about the importance of the relationship between a midwife and an expectant mother.
It can be tough deciding where to give birth. nata-lunata/Shutterstock

Explainer: what are women’s options for giving 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.
During the first few minutes after birth a baby can receive 80-100 millilitres of blood – nearly a third of their blood volume. Paul Hakimata Photography/Shutterstock

Delay clamping babies’ umbilical cords for better health and development

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.

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