Labour and Birth

Planning for your labour and birth of your child brings a lot questions as you seek to be informed and armed with information.

labour and birth Getting ready for labour

Early labour

Bringing on labour

Pain relief in labour

Dads in labour

Breech Birth


Natural birth

During labour

After birth

Most comfortable clothing for labour

Q&A: What did you find most comfortable clothing for labour? In all stages? It will just be myself and Hubby in the room with the midwife.

early labour signs

Early Labour Signs – What Does The Start of Labour Feel Like?

Waters breaking, back pain, braxton hicks contractions are some of the pre labour signs experienced by our community. Read about early labour signs here.

Preparing for labour

Preparing for Labour: 9 Things to Consider Now!

Labour is a very daunting and life changing event. Samantha Birch discusses a wide range of things that you will need to consider before the contractions start.

positive natural birth stories

Positive Natural Birth Stories

Community Tips: Parents share their positive natural birth stories for a mum to be who has heard lots of horror stories about child birth

orgasm in labour fact or fiction

Fact or Fiction: Can you orgasm during labour?

We’ve all heard that some women are right in the thick of active labour and then all of a sudden, they orgasm. Deep down most of us call BS, however …

Caesarean - all you need to know

Caesareans – all you need to know

What is a Caesarean section? A Caesarean or C-section is a surgical procedure of giving birth. It involves an obstetrician making a cut into mother’s lower stomach and uterus to …

episiotomy in labour

Episiotomy during labour

It’s a big word, episiotomy. What does it mean exactly? It’s pretty much a surgical cut to widen your vagina to assist birthing your child. That’s right, they have to …

Masturbation during labour

Should I masturbate during childbirth?

‘Would you masturbate during childbirth?’ isn’t something that is commonly asked or considered as a way to manage the pain of delivery, but are there merits to using self stimulation …

Pregnant, Now What? How To Prepare For Birth!

Tips for preparing for birth, from choosing a hospital to be mentally ready.

Raspberry Tea and Pregnancy

Raspberry Leaf Tea – The Pregnancy Aide You’ve Never Heard Of

Q&A: Just wondering at what stage in pregnancy did other mums start drinking raspberry tea and do you believe it helped with your labour?

Epidural Pros and Cons

Epidural Pros and Cons – Understand the Risks and Side Effects.

This article was written by Penny, a registered nurse and midwife with 20 years experience as a nurse and 10 years as a midwife. She is also a mum to …

Fastest Ways To Induce Labour

Uncovered: The fastest way to induce labour

You’ve been pregnant for what feels like a lifetime and you’re totally over it. You’re exhausted, bloated and beyond ready to meet that baby of yours. But, that baby seems …

Braxton HIcks - How to tell if it's braxton hicks or labour

Braxton hicks – how to tell if it’s real labour or just braxton hicks

Q&A: What did Braxton Hicks feel like for you? How do I tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and Real Labour?


Precipitous Labour - When your labour moves too fast

Precipitous Labour – 6 Facts You Need To Know About Rapid Labour

Precipitous Labour is commonly known as fast labour. While that might sound ideal, there can be a number of complications that can make this condition something to be aware of. …

Losing a Mucus Plug - How long between losing your mucus plug and starting labour?

Mucus Plugs – How long after losing a mucus plug will labour start?

Q&A: I’m 37 weeks on Sunday and started to lose my mucus plug last night and again this morning. After seeing the doctor today he thinks bub will be arriving in the next week, how long after losing your plug did you go into labour?

poo during childbirth

What happens if I poo during childbirth? (And other AWK Labour Questions!)

Forget squeezing a baby out of your vagina, what happens if you poo during childbirth? We’ve got the answer to this plus all of your other embarrassing labour concerns covered.

Emergency Caesarean: That moment you are told “You didn’t do it right”

While all experiences of pregnancy are different, most women hope for an uncomplicated birth. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. The gorgeous Belinda shares her story with us today of …

Difficult Pregnancy: When things don’t go according to plan

Did you go through a difficult pregnancy? With health scares for her and bub along the way, Cathy shares her story for other mums to find hope!

C-sections and developmental delays: what is missing from the conversation

Roughly 300,000 babies are born in Australia each year. Of those births approximately 30%, or 90,000 babies will be born by caesarean section. That is a lot of you who …

Placenta chronicles - 5 ideas for using your placenta

Placenta chronicles – 5 ideas for using your placenta

The placenta. A slightly squeamish topic for some. Nevertheless ideas abound for using your placenta after delivery.

Childbirth & going with the flow

Going with the flow – tips for pregnancy and childbirth

For one mumma, going with the flow meant shrugging off mean comments about her size during pregnancy and appreciating that a natural birth isn’t always possible.

Is this Braxton Hicks or real labour

Is this Braxton Hicks or real labour

Mums share how they knew the answer to is this Braxton Hicks or real labour?

inducing labour so FIFO husband can attend labour

Inducing so FIFO husband can attend birth

inducing labour so FIFO husband can attend birth – parents share how they managed when baby was due when FIFO husband rostered to work

preparing for a c section

Prepare for a c section

Prepare for a c section. Mums share their best tips on how to get ready for a c section. Eg high waisted undies, taking it easy, taking your pain control…

baby engaged

How early was your baby engaged?

Q&A: How early did your baby engage and how long after baby engaged did you go into labour?

induction with gel

Induction with gel

Induction with gel. Mums share their experience with being induced with gel alone. How soon labour progressed and if they could go home

Water birth, labour, birth

Water Birth Experiences

Q&A: Just wondering if I could get some advice on a water birth (not a home water birth). I am just wondering who has opted for this and would love to hear success stories as well as positives and negatives of a water birth

bleeding stop after birth

When did you stop bleeding after birth?

Q&A: When did you stop bleeding after birth?

Was your second baby early or late?

Was your second baby early or late?

Was your second baby early or late? Parents share when their second child was born: early, late or born on their due date.

France with you in labour

Wanting birth partner with you during childbirth

Wanting Your Birth Partner With You During Childbirth: I am 33 weeks in my first pregnancy- my partner thinks he’d be more useful at work than with me in the ‘early’ stages