Birthing plans are very personal and private for every mother and her family.
There are C-Sections, home births, natural births, water births, births involving a pumping playlist, and others targeting pressure points.
The ways you can give birth are perhaps more diverse than ever before.
Here are five strange ways people are experiencing birth in 2016.
1. Silent Births
Silent births are common among Scientologists, as the technique was conceived by the religion's creator, L Ron Hubbard. While the mother is permitted to make noise, all others present - including partners, nurses, doctors and relatives - must keep their lips totally sealed. Why?
Actress Kelly Preston described her silent birth alongisde husband John Travolta on Today:
"'L. Ron Hubbard found that the single source of aberration, of psychosomatic illnesses, stress, fears, worry, things like that, have to do with the reactive mind, and in that part of the mind is different words and commands that can come back to affect you later in your life."*
*Not medically tested or proven.
2. Dolphin Assisted Birth
No, you didn't misread that! A new birthing trend has seen a dolphin birthing clinic pop up on Hawaii's Big Island. The Sirius Institute, performs ‘dolphin assisted births’ as well as dolphin therapy. The organisation claims babies who are born in the ocean, surrounded and even ‘assisted’ by dolphins, will emerge smarter and healthier than the regular newborn. In some cases, they will even be able to telepathically communicate with dolphins.
3. Birth swing
Some women are opting to give birth in a swing - a contraption resembling two pieces of material suspended from the ceiling. According to one vendor, Earth Birth Swings, it "enables you to give birth in several great positions," and can be helpful for women with back pain or weak abdominal muscles.
Image: Facebook/Birth Swing
4. Live-streamed Birth
Some people are choosing to have a camera in the room to broadcast their birth on the internet. A 23-year-old American woman chose to share her experience with throngs of curious internet users. Why?
"If I were in a classroom, I'd be teaching about development. It was a way for me to teach...A way for me to use myself as a textbook," she said.
While hypnosis normally conjures images of a magician with a fob watch or a spinning crystal, hypnobirths are a bit different. Essentially, pregnant women breathe themselves into a state of hypnosis - in theory, alleviating them of the very real, physical pain of an otherwise natural birth. Doesn't sound too bad, right?