Conception

Surrogacy baby abandoned by Australian parents

LINDSAY MURDOCH Thailand's surrogacy industry has been thrown into the spotlight by the tragic case of six-month-old baby Gammy, whose Australian parents refused to take him after they discovered he had Down syndrome.

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Meditation for fertility: one woman's story

Can meditation help a woman trying to conceive?

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?

IVF costs slashed at new clinic

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

Who will Australia's new adoption process really help?

A family's journey from heartbreak to sheer joy

Pregnancy

Pregnancy highs: should you ditch the heels when you're expecting?

JO HARTLEY For many women, no outfit is complete without a pair of high heels. Then pregnancy comes along, and they have to decide when - or if - they'll turn to flats.

Birth

Special delivery: mum gives birth in Coles

Melanie Mahoney It hadn’t been on her shopping list, but one mum returned home from her trip to Coles with a very special item: a baby.

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What you need to know about inductions

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JODI GIBSON One in four women face being induced to bring on labour. There are many reasons for it, and a few ways to make it happen, but it's always best to ask your doctor lots of questions before going ahead with an induction.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

How to use birth pools safely

Woman crucified on Facebook for 'boasting' about natural birth

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

Baby

Video: Tiny twins having a chat

Letitia Rowlands 1:43pm They will be spending lots of time together during their lifetime, so it's lucky these twin babies enjoy each other's company.

Toddler

How a comforter or transitional object helps your toddler

JO HARTLEY At times of confusion or overwhelming feelings, special objects such as favourite blankets and cuddly toys can be a great help to young kids.

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Lifestyle

'Let's celebrate the success of other mums': Rebecca Judd

Letitia Rowlands WAG, mum-of-two and television host Rebecca Judd has hit back at claims mums should stop talking about their drug-free births or breastfeeding success, saying all mums deserve to be celebrated.

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Wellbeing

Endometriosis sufferers need more than a 'harden up pill'

Kate Hegarty From the time I hit puberty I was suffering severe, intolerable pain. I would vomit, faint, cry. It didn't matter what I took, nothing would get rid of this pain.

Motherhood doesn't turn us into saints

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Bryony Gordon Motherhood is hard because there is an assumption that it will instantly take away all your demons, and then it doesn't - and the guilt is endless

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Dita Von Teese creates lingerie range for new mums

Should new mums be given a supply of the morning after pill?

I'm a mum, and I'm fighting cancer

When you're under pressure to have a baby