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Birth

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Childbirth trauma

While many pregnant women know that labour will be hard work, very few mums-to-be expect their labour and childbirth to be complicated and/or dangerous.

Read more on Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) website

Epidurals for childbirth

An epidural can be used to relieve pain during child birth and is very safe. Your anaesthetist will discuss pain relief options with you as part of your antenatal care.

Read more on WA Health website

Epidurals and childbirth

Regional anaesthesia (epidural, combined spinal-epidural or spinal) is used in approximately one third of labouring women.

Read more on ANZCA – Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists website

Managing trauma after childbirth

Childbirth is an event often associated with psychological empowerment and life-changing potential. There is an abundance of information and first-hand anecdotes presented to expecting mothers about the ‘right’ way to give birth.

Read more on SANE Australia website

Childbirth- What to pack for hospital

What to pack for hospital, childbirth and your newborn baby are questions that cross the mind of most mothers to be. Fathers to be also need to think about packing for hospital when their partner is 36 weeks pregnant.

Read more on Parenthub website

Sexuality after childbirth | HealthEngine Blog

Sexuality After Childbirth information: Sexual changes after childbirth are common. Here is some information on when to engage in sex after childbirth, and changes in a woman's body after childbirth.

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Pain during childbirth | HealthEngine Blog

Almost all women experience pain during childbirth whichvaries in severity. There are different pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to treatment of pain during childbirth.

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Life After Childbirth | myVMC

Following the delivery of a baby is a time of major change for a family. Breastfeeding is currently recommended for the first six months of a babies life for optimum nutrition.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Epidurals and childbirth - ANZCA

Regional anaesthesia (epidural, combined spinal-epidural or spinal) is used in approximately one third of labouring women.

Read more on ANZCA – Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists website

Pregnancy and childbirth - Partners to Parents - partner support

Parents' experiences around pregnancy and childbirth, and early parenthood can be very different.Pregnancy is a powerful and life-changing experience.

Read more on Partners to Parents website

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