Birth Topics

Where you decide to give birth and with whom is a very personal decision. Whilst you are considering your decision you will probably take the following factors into consideration: What...Read more

A doula is a non-medical labour assistant, who provides continuous physical and emotional support to the birthing woman and her partner throughout labour and birth. Doulas may also support...Read more

Vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (VBAC) should be possible for 70 - 80% of women. There is very little good research into planned vaginal birth after a previous caesarean section...Read more

Around 3-5% of babies remain in the breech position (bottom down) when they reach 37 weeks. If your baby is breech, there is a 50% likelihood that they will rotate to a head down position...Read more

Whether your caesarean birth is scheduled or unplanned, it may be possible to express your preferences on many different aspects of the birth. Participating in the decision making process...Read more

Pregnant women in Australia are routinely offered a screening test for Group B Streptococcus (GBS). GBS is commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract of men and women and colonises the...Read more

Typically, a woman is given lots of notice that her body is going into labour. This is part of the protective design of the birth process. It means that she will have enough time to prepare...Read more

The more work you put into the decisions you make before labour begins, the less work you will have to do in this area whilst you're busy having your baby. The first decisions you make will...Read more

There are some needs that women in labour have that are the same for women anywhere in the world. These needs are dictated by women's physiology both as a mammal and as a human being. They...Read more

Every woman wants to have the best possible care during the birth of her baby. She wants to feel that her needs and the needs of her baby, are placed front and centre in all decisions...Read more