Conception

Stop freaking out about having babies in your 30s

Jenna Healey 1:47pm Surprisingly little is known about the exact decline of fertility with age, as there is no magic age limit for pregnancy that applies to all women.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Can you really influence your baby's gender at conception?

Brooke Tasovac Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

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Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

20 years of heartache, then, at last, a baby

An infertility issue that is little understood

'My mother chose not to hold or see me after I was born'

Pregnancy

When pregnancy makes you sad

JO HARTLEY 12:26pm Over 1900 expecting and new parents are estimated to be struggling with perinatal or antenatal depression each week - and we need to talk about it more.

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Study links pollution exposure to autism

Air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been linked to autism.

Michelle Fay Cortez Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

America's favourite baby names of 2014

'I have something that belongs to you': mum-to-be places ad to find baby's dad

Muhammad, Sophie take top spots for UK baby names in 2014

Birth

Facebook appeal saves labouring woman's life

LETITIA ROWLANDS A plea for help posted on Facebook helped save the life of a pregnant woman who had spent days in labour in a remote part of Papua New Guinea.

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Baby Clare's birth was timed perfectly.

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

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The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

Special delivery arrives on flight

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Sold on natural birth? Read the fine print

Toddler

Video: Kids excited by world's worst Christmas gifts

LETITIA ROWLANDS 1:10pm Struggling to find last minute stocking fillers before Santa's visit this week? If this cute video is anything to go by just raid the fruit bowl in order to keep your kids happy.

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Lifestyle

All babies and children off Christmas Island

SARAH WHYTE 7:26am Every asylum seeker child on Christmas Island has been transferred to a Darwin detention centre.

Wellbeing

Remembering lost children at Christmas

CATHERINE RODIE This December 25th will be Rachel Nobel's third Christmas without her young son Hamish, who died in a tragic accident aged just 20 months.

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Healing a family rift before Christmas

HEAL THE RIFT: Unresolved tension can overshadow Christmas.

Aileen Nakhle Christmas is a time to share with those we cherish most. But festivities and family are not always an easy pairing.

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Top reasons for your weight loss battle

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

The disagreement that can break a relationship