Conception

Pregnancy a tricky matter of timing for FIFO couples

LIAM DUCEY Manipulating rosters, coordinating 'conjugal' visits, working on site with your partner; getting pregnant can prove stressful for FIFO workers.

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Why 'egg freezing parties' aren't such a crazy idea

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NEDAHL STELIO Welcome to an egg-freezing party, where women drink champagne, are educated on the science of freezing their eggs, and the offer of putting your fertility on hold is openly discussed.

A daughter's search to find her sperm donor father

Stigma still attached to IVF

Surrogacy baby abandoned by Australian parents

Meditation for fertility: one woman's story

Pregnancy

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

DANIELLE COLLEY When your baby’s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

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'I survived placenta percreta'

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LINDY ALEXANDER When writing her birth plan, Simone Pavil included an item most women wouldn’t even think about: what should happen if she was put on life support. The mum had the potentially fatal condition placenta accreta.

Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years

Nine months in six seconds: new parents' Vine clip a hit

Expectant parents urged to swap the pub for bub

The least popular baby names of 2013

Birth

The lowdown on male midwives

Julia Cahill How would you feel about having a male midwife assist your baby's birth? For a growing number of mums, the idea is a reality - and the experts all agree that it's something that should be encouraged.

Meconium stained liquor and meconium aspiration syndrome: the facts

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Staff writers Not all babies who are born with meconium staining will develop meconium aspiration syndrome, but both must be watched and treated carefully.

Pictures of heartbreak and perfection

Busy mum gives birth at school

Will I be wrecked 'down there' after birth?

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Baby

My four months of breastfeeding madness

Jessica D'Ath You imagine that everyone is thinking badly of you, and you tell yourself you have to keep trying. Even though you are in an impossible situation, you still won't give yourself a break.

Toddler

Saying no to the 'crap' parent label

LETITIA ROWLANDS Nobody is the perfect parent, but is it fair to label parents "crap" because their children aren't perfect angels 24 hours of the day?

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Lifestyle

Aldi accused of censorship after removing iconic children's book

SAFFRON HOWDEN 9:00am A complaint about "unacceptable" language has prompted supermarket chain Aldi to pull Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes from its shelves.

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Wellbeing

Managing personal space as a mum

Sarah Wayland In the midst of the early parenting years, our bodies and minds can seemingly be overtaken by our offspring. How can we balance our need for personal space with the needs of our children?

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