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Childbirth

The man who gave birth to confusion

Thomas Beatie was seeking a divorce from his wife, Nancy, and a decision on the custody of their three children. But the problem was Thomas Beatie was born a woman - Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino - in Oahu, Hawaii. She underwent a few operations and testosterone hormone therapy to become a man.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 3:29am

Agency offers to beat 'zero birth' ban for mainland mums

Mainland agencies who help pregnant women from across the border to reserve maternity bed spaces in Hong Kong claim they will still be able to do so after the "zero-birth quota" comes into effect at midnight tonight, a South China Morning Post investigation has found.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:51pm

Too many women are still dying in childbirth

After a harrowing 36 hours delivering her daughter, Michelle Thompson faced yet another complication. Her cervix tightened so much that she suffered a retained placenta. It was a potentially life-threatening development as the tissue, if left untreated, could have become infected and led to haemorrhage.

23 Dec 2012 - 12:25pm

China Digest, November 28, 2012

A couple's plan to have a "natural" pregnancy and birth at their home did not go as expected, as the woman was in labour for two days before the father-to-be decided he should call her a taxi to take her to hospital, the New Express newspaper reports.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:02am

Study finds sex does not bring on labour

There is a widespread belief that sex during the later stages of pregnancy can jumpstart labour, but that doesn’t appear to be so – at least according to a study from Malaysia.

22 Nov 2012 - 12:28pm

Xi Jinping put work first and missed birth of daughter

In the summer of 1992, as party chief of Fujian's provincial capital, Fuzhou, Xi Jinping missed the birth of his only child, daughter Xi Mingze, because he was called away to deal with the effects of a typhoon that struck the area.

24 Oct 2012 - 8:52am

Special delivery

The decision was easy for nature enthusiasts Ma Fung-yan and Fung Kin-hang. When the time came to deliver their first child, they opted for a home birth.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stay in the comfort zone

When British teacher Claire Nazer gave birth to her first child, Mila, a few years ago, she wanted to put off her hospital stay for as long as possible, and enlisted midwife Hulda Thorey's help to cope with a dash to Matilda International Hospital.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stand by me

Historically, women have been attended and supported by other women during labour. Yet in many places throughout the world, including Hong Kong - and because more women give birth in hospital than at home - continuous support during labour has become the exception rather than routine. Experts say this may contribute to the dehumanisation of women's birth experiences.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Risk reduction

Chances of a premature birth are heightened with mothers who conceive when they are older or use reproductive technology, says Dr Ellis Hon Kam-lun, a professor of paediatrics at Chinese University.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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