Conception

Meditation for fertility: one woman's story

Melody McCabe When a couple is desperate to become parents but are faced with disappointment month after month, anything which might help them is welcome. But can meditation really assist with fertility?

Pregnancy

In your genes: who will your baby look like?

Angela Tufvesson Wondering whether your baby will take after mum or be more like dad is a fun way to pass the time while pregnant. But at the end of day, it is almost impossible to predict what traits your son or daughter will be born with.

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The not-so-accidental pregnancies

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LIBBY HAKIM While most surprise pregnancies are just that – surprises to all involved – these mums-to-be occasionally have a little secret. For some, the pregnancy is no shock.

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What baby name style are you?

Changing tastes in pregnancy

New test identifies premature birth risk

Pregnant Queenslanders to get free vaccines

Birth

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Letitia Rowlands Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

How to use birth pools safely

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Elizabeth Cluett The recall of hired home-birthing pools after a baby contracted Legionnaires' disease will have some parents-to-be worried, but there are guidelines about how to best - and safely - use a birthing pool.

Woman crucified on Facebook for 'boasting' about natural birth

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

When labour just doesn't happen

Alternative practices after birth

Baby

"Forgotten baby syndrome" mum found not guilty of daughter's manslaughter

MARK RUSSELL 9:00am Jayde Pool's five-month-old daughter Bella died after being left in car on a hot summer's day. Yesterday a jury found the Victorian mum not criminally negligent for the little girl's death.

21 things I love about newborns

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MICHAELA FOX There’s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

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Breastfeeding mum told to 'be discreet' at school

The final breastfeed

Guilty beagle sorry for stealing baby's toy

Share the little things that make you smile

Toddler

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can’t be fun?

KYLIE ORR I’ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children – you name it, they’ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

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From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

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JODIE BENVENISTE So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what’s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

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Help! My toddler tears her hair out

Plans to pay grandparents for childcare

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Lifestyle

Parents who lost all three children in MH17 disaster issue heartbreaking tribute

LUCY CORMACK Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris have released a statement addressed to "the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family."

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Mum in business: Kristy Chong

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Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

Before and after: 9 laundry renovations

Gynaecologist's victims to share $190m, but still want answers

NZ's famous teen mum: "It's all worth it"

The rule every parent should break

Wellbeing

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

CATHERINE RODIE In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

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The many problems with the sex spreadsheet

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Judith Woods A spreadsheet allegedly sent from a frustrated husband to his wife, outlining the times she had turned him down for sex has gone viral - and neatly illustrates how different men and women can be.

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Sexy swimsuits for all sizes

The app and gadget that will help your pelvic floor

We lost three babies in two years

Should I tell my husband our last child isn't his?