Conception

The benefits of pre-conception genetic testing

Nicky Phillips and Amy Corderoy A new Australian company is offering pre-conception genetic testing for 145 diseases so couples can learn if they are unwitting carriers of disorders which may be passed on to their future babies.

Pregnancy

Twins saved by surgery before birth

AMANDA DUNN 10:25am Just 15 weeks into her first pregnancy and carrying twins, Jo and her husband Troy were given a terrible choice: terminate the pregnancy, or have surgery on the twins in utero in an attempt to save their lives.

Birth

Taking a look at birth centre care

Belinda Peters Deciding where to have your first baby is a personal, and often confusing, decision.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

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CATHERINE RODIE While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

A rare glimpse inside the womb

What's the best position for giving birth?

Mum tries doing 'Thriller' dance to bring on labour

It's time to stop the home birth stigma

Baby

2015: the year of the sheep

Jo Hartley According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Toddler

The low-down on worms and how to get rid of them

Vincent Ho Threadworm is the most common intestinal worm in Australia. But don't worry: they're relatively harmless and easily treated.

Lifestyle

Five second rule

Four times you shouldn't eat food dropped on the floor

LIVIA GAMBLE 11:06pm A survey found that 87 per cent of people would eat food after it was dropped on the floor - but here are four times you shouldn't.

Wellbeing

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

LETITIA ROWLANDS A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.