Conception

Meditation for fertility: one woman's story

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?

Pregnancy

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

LETITIA ROWLANDS Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

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In your genes: who will your baby look like?

Predicting what a baby will look like is not a straight forward process.

Angela Tufvesson Wondering whether your baby will take after mum or be more like dad is a fun way to pass the time while pregnant. But at the end of day, it is almost impossible to predict what traits your son or daughter will be born with.

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The not-so-accidental pregnancies

What baby name style are you?

Changing tastes in pregnancy

New test identifies premature birth risk

Birth

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Letitia Rowlands Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

How to use birth pools safely

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Elizabeth Cluett The recall of hired home-birthing pools after a baby contracted Legionnaires' disease will have some parents-to-be worried, but there are guidelines about how to best - and safely - use a birthing pool.

Woman crucified on Facebook for 'boasting' about natural birth

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

When labour just doesn't happen

Alternative practices after birth

Baby

Design and create your own stroller

Babyology Tailor made prams and strollers are letting you be in the designer's seat. Get the look that you want with lots of colours to choose from.

"Forgotten baby syndrome" mum found not guilty of daughter's manslaughter

Jayde Poole

MARK RUSSELL Jayde Pool's five-month-old daughter Bella died after being left in car on a hot summer's day. Yesterday a jury found the Victorian mum not criminally negligent for the little girl's death.

21 things I love about newborns

Breastfeeding mum told to 'be discreet' at school

The final breastfeed

Guilty beagle sorry for stealing baby's toy

Toddler

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

JODIE BENVENISTE Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can’t be fun?

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KYLIE ORR I’ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children – you name it, they’ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

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From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

Help! My toddler tears her hair out

Plans to pay grandparents for childcare

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

Lifestyle

Woman 'embarrassed' by porcelain dolls scare

It seemed extraordinarily creepy and disturbing - but police now say it was all just a misunderstanding.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

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Julia Watson When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

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One in two mums, one in four dads experience discrimination at work

Parents who lost all three children in MH17 disaster issue heartbreaking tribute

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Before and after: 9 laundry renovations

Wellbeing

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

CATHERINE RODIE In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

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The many problems with the sex spreadsheet

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Judith Woods A spreadsheet allegedly sent from a frustrated husband to his wife, outlining the times she had turned him down for sex has gone viral - and neatly illustrates how different men and women can be.

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Sexy swimsuits for all sizes

The app and gadget that will help your pelvic floor

We lost three babies in two years

Should I tell my husband our last child isn't his?