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Birth

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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

Pregnancy & Childbirth (Asia)

Personal stories and patient experiences of health and illness. First-hand insights and coping strategies for patients, carers, colleagues and family.

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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.

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What happens to your body during childbirth

During childbirth, the body’s hormones and muscles, as well as the shape of the pelvis, all work together to bring the baby safely into the world.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Childbirth (baby delivery) information | myVMC

There are many ways of giving birth to a baby. Natural delivery (vaginal delivery), caesarian delivery (c-section) and water birthing are popular methods.

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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.

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Contraception after childbirth and during breastfeeding | myVMC

Contraception after childbirth is an important consideration as suitable methods depend on whether a woman is breastfeeding, how often she is breastfeedng and whether or not supplemental foods are added.

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RANZCOG WEBSITE - Pain Relief in Labour and Childbirth

An epidural is a procedure where an anaesthetic (a drug that gives either partial or total loss of sensation) is injected into the small space in your back near your spinal cord by a specialist anaesthetist

Read more on RANZCOG - Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website

Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Recovering after vaginal childbirth your body

Childbirth is a natural process but it has a profound effect on your body. The following exercises can assist your recovery.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

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