What to do when your baby is born before you get to the hospital

The most important thing is to keep the baby warm – put her on your chest covered with a warm towel.


Bring on the drugs! Pain relief options in childbirth

If you want to do vaginal birth, but want some medicated help in coping with labour pain, here’s what modern day medicine has to offer…


Recovering after an episiotomy or tear

You might find yourself in quite a bit of pain and discomfort after giving birth. Here are a few tips to make things a little easier and ensure you recover in no time.


Beautiful natural birth videos

These women gave birth naturally, on video. Share in their beautiful experiences (Warning: explicit footage).


What is back labour?

Many women prepare for the experience of birth by working on their health, exercising and becoming more educated about labour. One thing women hope they don't have is the dreaded 'back labour'. 


"I don't need no brothers and no dads, I need you": A mother awaiting her c-section got the sweetest speech from her son

It's a major medical procedure and can be a great stress for the family too. See what this boy told his mom before her surgery and read the real-life experiences and advice from moms who've had c-sections.


Episiotomy: everything you need to know

Few women delivering in hospitals today escape a ‘cut’ somewhere on their body – be it a caesarean cut or a perineal cut (episiotomy). And today, 80% of first-time mothers can expect to have an episiotomy.  So what exactly does it entail?


Nelia's birth story: At home water birth

Nelia Strydom shares her journey of birthing baby no. 2, and found that it's not always a quicker delivery the second time around.


Dying father welcomes his baby girl

For Aldi Fabricius from the Western Cape, the birth of her second child was both joyous and devastating, as her husband held onto life in his daughter’s early days…


Transgender man gives birth to a healthy little boy

He was born female but started taking hormones about 10 years ago.


WATCH: A gentle C-section

A C-section doesn't just have to be a cold and impersonal operation.


The Caesarian section rates in African countries

While women in certain first-world countries are able to select C-sections for any reason, those in many African countries are unable to access what could be a life-saving service.


Male midwife delivers dad and his newborn boy

Capetonian accoucheur Sydney Grové just delivered the son of a man he delivered 33 years ago.


"I would have a c-section every time"

Our readers share their stories about how c-sections saved their babies' lives.


Birth photographer shames mother for having a c-section

This time c-section moms are not allowing sanctimonious people to shame them about their births.


Were you able to give birth the way you wanted to?

Giving birth is a significant life event that should aim for a healthy baby and mother.


Elana and Ian welcome baby no. 2!

It's another baby girl for the Afrika-Bredenkamp clan!


How does SA's childbirth costs compare with the rest of the world's?

This beautiful infographic compares how much a natural birth and c-section costs in SA vs other countries in the world.


What are the best positions for labour?

Women use a variety of positions in labour and if allowed to, your body will instinctively guide you at the time.
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