Shopping for children: Australian adoption plans putting kids at risk

Patricia Fronek There are several very worrying elements of the latest announcement on Australia's planned adoption scheme.


Why we chose a 'wacky' name for our child

Rachel Halliwell When we named our middle daughter Merrily, my husband and I knew we had hit upon a moniker that would set her apart from the crowd.



Couple brave blizzard after mum goes into labour at home

When Sarah Browning began having contractions on Monday, while a blizzard outside her door made world headlines, she assumed it was false labour.

How to raise your pain threshold in labour

Your pain threshold isn't actually set to low, high or somewhere in between - it can vary.

Angela Tufvesson Your pain threshold isn't actually set to low, high or somewhere in between. It can depend on range of psychological factors like perception, environment and education.

Infection kills mum one week after birth

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

Dads in the delivery room apparently make birth more painful: study

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour


Discovering 'me time' as a mum

GREER BERRY While some out there will be aghast that I boast about how enjoyable my time was when I'm alone, I have this response: happy parent, happy baby.


Handling a toddler's fear of dogs

MATT CALMAN 7:41am She'll excitedly point at anything that moves yelling "dog! dog! dog!" or whatever the name of the creature is. But get within a certain distance of an animal, say a metre, and the fascination turns to panic.


Disneyland, measles and madness: the latest vaccine lunacy

Frank Bruni 12:53pm You can be so privileged that you're underprivileged, so blessed with choices that you choose to be a fool, so "informed" that you're misinformed.

Tony Abbott prepares to dump paid parental leave scheme

Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme could be the next election promise to be revised.

MATTHEW KNOTT 12:21pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to radically water down, or dump entirely, his paid parental leave scheme in a bid to shore up support among frustrated backbench MPs.

North West stars in her first music video

OPINION: When a smack goes too far: Qld politician caught on video

Lara Bingle 'six months pregnant', magazines report

The moment a blind mum got to see her newborn son



Why you shoudn't steam-clean your vagina (despite Gwyneth's advice)

Megan Blandford 1:39pm Gwyneth Paltrow is at it again, this time raving about the benefits of steam-cleaning her vagina.