Home > Parenting > Pregnancy > Birth Birth All sections in Parenting » Child » Pregnancy Kegel exercises don't hinder labour, delivery The pelvic-muscle exercises many women do during pregnancy do not seem to raise the likelihood of complications during labor and delivery, a study finds. TALK Parenting forum » ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Foetal development Cancer in SA children 'I'm afraid of tearing during birth' Tearing during childbirth is a huge fear for moms-to-be. Birth: a dad's story Moms have the difficult starring role when it comes to giving birth, but what do dads feel? Does birth affect the vagina? Does giving birth naturally cause permanent damage to the vagina? A midwife tackles this question. Birth options As long as there are no medical obstacles, mums-to-be have choices as to how they would like to deliver - after all, the baby is the real miracle. Doctor or midwife? If you have a low-risk pregnancy you have the option of choosing between a midwife, general practitioner or gynae. How do you make the right choice? What about a water birth? There are several advantages of a water birth. But watch out for the following. “ Latest comment on Health24 Dagga Movement says... R20 that's cheaper than Stuyvesants 1 in 10 in SA has addiction problem ” Educate yourself for pregnancy Knowing what to expect in your pregnancy is the first step to being a great parent. Your hospital essentials Shopping and collecting everything that you and your baby will need in the hospital can be quite daunting. Here are our checklists for what we recommend you pack. Home or hospital? If you can't decide between a home or hospital birth, read on. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Don’t be taken by surprise this winter, keep your defences up with Vital Hop, skip and jump through winter with Hill’s Pet Nutrition Age-related bone loss is higher in women Conduct your most important Medihelp business from your mobile phone Live healthier Fight off the flu » Flu-proof your home Flu guide Sleep soundly Flu season Boost your defences this winter. Brush up on your smile » Dental caries Bad breath Ask the expert How to brush your teeth Here's the correct way to brush your teeth.