Conception

Finding a positive path through IVF

VICTORIA BIRCH It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Pregnancy

Prenatal testing during pregnancy

Staff Writers Prenatal testing is done during pregnancy to check if a baby has certain medical conditions that have been inherited from the parents. Here is some important information about what it is for and the risks involved.

The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

Will you choose to get the news at a scan or the birth?

Donna Webeck 11:56am It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

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Top boy/girl twin name combinations

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

Couple's 'pretentious' pregnancy announcement

The facts on drinking before you know you're pregnant

Birth

European holiday one week, motherhood the next: student gives birth to surprise baby

Melanie Mahoney At 22, two years into a uni degree, Kate Hudson, took a dream trip around with Europe with friends. She didn't realise she was going to be a mum by the end of the month.

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The facts on inductions

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Staff writers Here's what you need to know about inductions, including the common reasons for having one, how they are done, and the risks.

The business of babies around the world

Trying to speed up the inevitable

Mum learnt she was pregnant hours before giving birth

'Bucket list baby' dies in mum's arms

Baby

Childhood around the world

LINDY ALEXANDER It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

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Why I don't breastfeed, if you really must know

Emily Wax-Thibodeaux

Emily Wax-Thibodeaux Truth was, I really didn't want to see milk coming from anywhere other than the store. If it did, it would mean there was still a chance I wouldn't survive.

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The best and worst month of my life

Great gift ideas for first birthdays

Working out without worry: tips for using a gym creche

Mum photographs newborns in imaginative portraits

Toddler

The little girl who always smiles: life with Tay Sachs disease

Paul Purcell 11:32am Ellie Topliff turns two in February. It will probably be her last birthday.

New app helping in the search for childcare

Parents can use a new app to see whether there childcare centre has available spots.

Gayle Bryant 7:42am A new app is allowing childcare centres to manage absences and available spots with ease. It even promises to help families save money!

When should you tell your child you're having a baby?

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

Tiny golfer won't let disability hold him back

Best picks for baby and toddler shoes

Lifestyle

Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

MARK KENNY 2:27pm The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

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Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

12:32pm Six months after a heavily pregnant Megan Gale posed nude for Marie Claire, the glowing new mum has gone topless for the cover of another magazine.

I lost my wife and daughters to Ebola - then it came for my son

Man jailed for crash that killed unborn baby

Will and Kate's baby due in April

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Wellbeing

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Nicola Fifield Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.