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 Allergy-free home '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 Julian Edward Frost says... Anthony Rees, you are a liar. No evidence of efficacy? How about "Genital warts in young Australians five years into national HPV vaccination programme: national surveillance... Cancer vaccine for schoolgirls ” 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 There are more than 200 different viruses which can cause a cold A clinically proven skin care range is now available Medihelp’s regional information sessions Superior comfort and support Live healthier Keep your bones healthy » Osteoporosis risk The beauty of bones Ask the expert Osteoporosis facts Here are some interesting facts about the condition that you might not have known: Fight cold and flu » Myths and facts Cold or flu? Where germs hide 15 tips to stay healthy in winter Don't let colds and flu stop you this winter.