What can I do to increase my chance of having a normal birth?

10 Sep 2012

Queensland Health recognises the importance of having a normal birth. To achieve a normal birth, it is recommended that women: move into positions that feel comfortable to them in labour receive supportive and continuous one-to-one care during active labour go into labour on their own and do not have… Read More


Early versus delayed cord clamping

27 Aug 2012

In Queensland, it is common for a baby’s umbilical cord to be clamped and cut after birth. However, women have a choice about this practice, as they do with every choice in pregnancy, labour, birth and after birth. Women can choose to have early or delayed cord clamping. There… Read More


What does that mean?

13 Aug 2012

Remember that you can ask your care provider to explain medical terms to you if you cannot understand what they are talking about. To help you understand the terms used by your care provider, you can also use an online tool called Birthspeak. Birthspeak is an online dictionary… Read More


Making decisions about infant sleeping

30 Jul 2012

Have you thought about where your baby will sleep at home? Queensland Health supports a woman’s right to make an informed choice about infant sleeping by supporting women to consider the risks and benefits of different infant sleeping options (e.g., room sharing, co-sleeping, and separate room). To find out… Read More


Are you thinking about co-sleeping?

10 Jul 2012

Co-sleeping is when mother and baby sleep beside each other in the same bed. Some women consider co-sleeping but want more information about the risks and benefits before they make a decision. Other women have decided to or are currently co-sleeping and want to know how to make it… Read More


Researchers reject statement that co-sleeping is dangerous

10 Jul 2012

Researchers reject statement that co-sleeping is dangerous Researchers from UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies are concerned about recent messages that parents should never sleep in the same bed as their babies. QCMB Director Professor Sue Kruske said a recent comment by the Victorian Coroner, who labelled it “inherently… Read More


Choosing where to have your baby

09 Jul 2012

There are many different birth facilities for women who choose to have their babies in a hospital or birth centre in Queensland. Each facility is different and the right facility for one woman may not be the right facility for another woman. Although some facilities accept only pregnant women… Read More


Feeling stressed or not coping?

02 Jul 2012

Depression is much more common than most people think. In fact, around one in ten women experience depression during pregnancy, and one in seven women are affected by depression in the year following birth. As well as feeling flat or down, depression can also feel like being overly stressed… Read More


Using a bath or pool during labour

24 May 2012

                                    Studies have shown that women who use a bath or pool during their labour have a shorter labour, are less likely to have an epidural and are able to better manage… Read More


Estimated due date

10 May 2012

A pregnancy is said to be full term (the normal length) if the baby is born anytime between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. Your estimated due date (EDD) is in the middle of this range of time, and is usually the date when it is estimated that you… Read More