The Chinese parents who give their babies away online

Lavinia Mo In China, expectant couples who are unwilling or unable to keep their children go to a special website to adopt their babies out, rather than aborting or abandoning them.


Can you make your baby smarter even before birth?

Letitia Rowlands A product new to Australia claims to help babies be born "as intelligent as possible", but not all experts agree on the benefits of educating babies while still in the womb.

Making labour less painful, naturally


Paula Goodyer In this era of amazing scientific and technological developments, why are there so few pain relief options for birth? And how can we help make the process a little more comfortable for women?

Pregnant woman dies after doctor removes ovary instead of appendix

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

Aspirin advised for women at high risk of pre-eclampsia

Pregnancy essentials for the second and third trimesters


Delayed cord clamping no barrier to skin-to-skin contact

LETITIA ROWLANDS Delayed umbilical cord clamping has been shown to benefit babies, but until now the practice had been cumbersome.

Why I loved my third home water birth


Shylah Huisman After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

Mum's the word when it comes to baby news

Birth photos: Birth photos on the rise

New drug to replace pethidine as birth pain relief


Your baby's first shoes, made with your own hands

Babyology Imagine someone saying to you, "Your baby’s shoes are magnificent, where’d you get them?" And you reply, "Oh, these? I made them."


Mother bites off pit bull's ear to save toddler

LETITIA ROWLANDS What would you do if your child was being attacked by a vicious dog? One mother recently had to learn the hard way.

Being Dad

Stay-at-home dad tries, fails to crowdfund a salary

Kasey Edwards Imagine launching a crowdfunding campaign to ask strangers to pay you an income for parenting. That was one dad's grand plan - but it didn't go quite as planned.

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To my girls on their first birthday


You don’t know is how the past year has affected me as a person. You don’t know how I’ve changed, and how my perspectives have been completely displaced and realigned. This is comforting to me – I want you to know me for who I am now.


The rise of the vasectomy party

A great dad, but not a super hero

Couvade syndrome: when dads have pregnancy pains too

Dad and daughter's loving tribute in mum's memory


Parents warned about posting kids' photos online

RACHEL BROWNE Parents could be putting their kids at risk by posting images and information online which give away personal details, such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.

When do adults need to be immunised?


Melina Georgousakis and Kristine Macartney Most of us will receive the majority of our vaccinations in childhood, but Australian adults still die and become disabled from vaccine-preventable diseases. Learn when you should get updated immunisations.

This too shall pass: the ups and downs of parenthood

Behind the scenes of Kate and George's cuddly photo

Breaking out of the isolation of motherhood

When the neighbours complain about your noisy kids