To prove how magical - and vital - medicalised births are.
The findings are contrary to long-held assumptions.
Losing weight before falling pregnant may save mums-to-be a world of pain during labour.
Each to their own, but for me it is Vote 1 epidural. It made it a smooth and enjoyable process ... for me.
It's the post-birth hack many mums have known about forever. Now one dad's post about the importance of frozen condoms is attracting attention.
They might think they are just there to hold your hand, but experts say a woman's partner can actually make a difference to the level of pain felt during labour.
Now new research from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) suggests that women who had epidurals and less pain in labour had a reduced chance of developing postpartum depression (PPD).
Epidurals?were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia about?one in three?pregnant women in labour has an epidural for this reason.
"Culturally, we're obsessed with women suffering as much as possible during childbirth," writes Kasey Edwards.
Women may soon be able to use a nasal spray for pain relief during childbirth following successful trials by an Australian midwifery researcher.
Thinking about pain relief options in labour? It's worth considering TENS, says a mum of three.