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Announcing a birth is such an exciting moment - but if it's not your birth, make sure you follow these 5 tips for good birth announcement etiquette.
If you want to avoid copping a slap, yell, bite or worse, you shouldn't say these 11 things to a woman in labour.
If you're having a caesarean but want a more mother-friendly experience, here are 12 things to ask your doctor for.
Homebirth myths: busted. Here are 10 myths about homebirth that you've no doubt heard.
Choosing a birth support team? If you will be asking untrained support people to your birth, you must read these 5 tips.
Don't cut the cord! 8 very important health reasons why you should tell your caregiver to slow down - for your baby's sake.
Labour pain: many pregnant women spend time learning about pain relief options - but here are 8 things to prevent if you want to minimise pain.
Pregnant women get bombarded with advice and comments - here are 7 things they REALLY don't want to hear.
Thinking about a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean)? Make sure you read these big VBAC myths first.
Do you fear birth? Would you like to know some ways to reduce birth fear? Be sure to watch this great TED talk by world famous midwife, Ina May Gaskin.
Nipple stimulation is a natural way to help strengthen and encourage contractions. When you do nipple stimulation, it produces the hormone oxytocin, which is also produced when your baby breastfeeds, in order to keep producing milk, and is the hormone needed for labour. Find out how to do nipple stimulation.
Caesarean section poses risks to both the baby and the mother. While caesareans are certainly a life saving procedure for some mothers and babies, this article has been written for women who are interested in researching the risks involved with caesarean section for baby.
Braxton hicks contractions may be noticeable throughout your pregnancy - read about braxton hicks contractions here.
Caesarean section, like any major surgery, poses risks to both mother and baby. A medical condition may completely cancel out this risk and be the necessary thing to do. However in Australia (and other countries like the USA) there are a huge amount of unnecessary caesarean sections being performed, and the consequences often accepted as something that 'saved' the mother or baby. Before you choose or agree to caesarean section, here are some risks you need to know about.
Wanting to find out if you are in false labour or real labour? Find out some facts about false labour, as well as how to tell if labour is false or established and most important of all - why there really isn't such a thing as false labour.
Fast births are nothing to fear! If you think there is a possibility that you may have a fast birth, here's a great article full of advice on what to do if labour is progressing too quickly to get to hospital. Print it out and stick it on your fridge for peace of mind (if not yours, your partners!). You'll both know exactly what to do during a fast birth.
Birth doulas are worth their weight in gold. If you're thinking of hiring a birth doula, or if I need to convince you, here's 10 great reasons why you should have a birth doula at your birth.
Interested in working as a doula in Australia? Here are some frequently asked question I hear from women wanting to become doulas.
Want drugs when you give birth? Thinking, 'why should I needlessly suffer?' There's something in this picture that you probably haven't considered...
Castor oil is one of the 'word of mouth' natural methods that women try in order to get labour going. But it's important to do your research first. Is castor oil safe?
Birth videos can be very informative, educational and uplifting to watch. There are also some birth videos which are very disempowering and scary - I have heard of some really scary birth videos being played at birth education classes. However if you're looking for some great videos and clips of birth, here's a few suggestions and some favourite birth videos online.
Planning a VBAC? Its important to find out about the hurdles you may face before you give birth. Here are 9 common acts of VBAC sabotage.
"Sorry, you're not in labour." These are difficult words for birth attendants to say, even right up there with, “I’m sorry, I’ve made a mistake.” They are also very difficult words for the birthing woman to hear. I’ve been on both the receiving and giving ends of those words, so here are some stories where women were not in established labour, and what happened.
Thinking about having a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean)? This inspirational VBAC article is chock full of advice, tips and beautiful photos from mammas who have done it!
A hospital was able to reduce its caesarean section rate by 21% during a project which was designed to attempt to lower the caesarean section rate. How did they do it? Read on to find out what happened.
Recent Birth Articles
- A Guide To Birth Announcement Etiquette: 5 Important Tips
- 11 Things NOT To Say To A Woman In Labour
- 12 Ways To Have A Mother-Friendly Caesarean
- Homebirth – 10 Myths About Homebirth Debunked
- Choosing Great Birth Support People: 5 Helpful Tips
- 8 Reasons NOT To Cut Your Baby’s Umbilical Cord
- Labour Pain – 8 Things That Can Make Labour Pain Worse
- 7 Things Pregnant Women Don’t Want To Hear About Birth
- VBAC Myths – 4 Common VBAC Myths Busted
- Fear Of Birth – How Do We Reduce The Fear?
- Nipple Stimulation – How To Do Nipple Stimulation For Labour
- Caesarean Section – Risks Of Caesarean Section For Baby
- Braxton Hicks Contractions – What Are Braxton Hicks?
- Caesarean Section – Risks Of Caesarean Section For The Mother
- False Labour Contractions – Is It False Labour?
- Fast Birth? Born in a Hurry – When There’s No Time For Hospital
- Doulas – 10 Top Reasons Why You Should Have A Doula At Your Birth
- Doulas: Working As a Birth Doula in Australia – FAQ’s
- Convinced You Want Drugs in Labour?
- Castor Oil To Induce Labour – Is Castor Oil Safe?
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