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.
For lesbian couples or trans men, the 'unexpected' gender of one parent causes difficulties for maternity services where notions of 'normal' are increasingly out of step with the times.
The benefits of midwifery for women and babies globally are clear. In Canada, innovations in midwifery centres and services are tempered by low pay and high rates of burnout.
Evidence suggests that microbes play a vital role in health. But what microbes we get depends whether we were born in a hospital versus at home. That could impact our health decades later.
A professor of midwifery education reviews the research evaluating the safety of home versus hospital births.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wish to keep the arrival of their baby private – and it's caused some consternation. But this was normal for most medieval women.
Some believe that including AI in childbirth could save lives and taxpayers' money.
The right advice on nutrition is not always reaching pregnant women.
New research shows that midwifery care is not just for the wealthy -- it has health and cost benefits for vulnerable women and provincial governments must act to increase their access.
Better ante-natal care may not need more cash, just a smarter, consistent and more relatable way of making things work.
Umbilical cord blood is not a waste product.
Domestic violence in pregnancy not only causes distress and trauma for the mother, it also poses serious risks for the baby's health and development.
New WHO guidelines warn that medicalisation of birth is creating a lack of choice for birthing women.
About 20 per cent of refugees to Canada are pregnant. Many of them are medically uninsured. It's not only morally correct to provide prenatal care, but also cheaper for Canada's system to do so.
Society holds paradoxical views of childbirth, which can make the debate around it confusing.
Clearing up some of the misconceptions about midwives.
Childbirth in the U.S. can be dangerous and dehumanizing. An ob/gyn who traveled recently to India to review childbirth there says the U.S. and India fall short in similar ways.
Midwives should provide continuous support during labour and birth and they should respect women's choices when it is within safe practice to do so.
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.
Turkey's high cesarean rates cannot be tackled by top-down restrictive laws.