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Understanding your choices in childbirth - podcast

2-minute read

Listen to Dianne Zalitis, midwife and Clinical Lead at Pregnancy, Birth and Baby, talk to Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt about your choices for having a baby.

Key points

  • You will either have a vaginal birth or a caesarean.
  • With a vaginal birth, you will need to consider what pain relief you might want to have, as well as what positions and where you give birth. You should also be aware of any interventions that might be needed.
  • Caesareans are either elective or emergency.
  • There are many choices for where you receive your care, such as a birthing centre, public or private hospital or a home birth.
  • Women in rural or regional areas may not have as many choices.
  • It's important to develop a birth plan early.
  • Women are at the centre of maternal care and you have the right to make your own choices.
  • Talk to friends and family, but also do your own research so you are well informed to make your own decisions.
  • Every pregnancy and birth experience will be unique.

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Feed Play Love

Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt in an Australian parenting podcast that brings together expert advice and real-life stories from parents. Feed Play Love presents short, helpful segments focusing on supporting parents and providing useful information and advice.

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Last reviewed: February 2020


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