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

Why it's possible to not realise you're pregnant until the baby arrives

MELANIE KEMBREY After hearing about 'surprise babies' born to mums who didn't know they were pregnant, it's common to ask "how did she not realise?" But experts say it's entirely possible for it to happen.

Prenatal testing: the facts

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Staff writers Prenatal testing is done to check if a baby has certain medical conditions before birth. Here is some important information about what the tests are for and the risks involved.

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

Top boy/girl twin name combinations

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

Couple's 'pretentious' pregnancy announcement

Birth

'My miracle is finally here'

GREER BERRY 2:28pm How has the world continued on its pace when mine has been altered so drastically?

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The mum-to-be who never got to meet her baby

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LETITIA ROWLANDS She was looking forward to becoming a mother for the first time, but a rare complication during childbirth meant Kymberlie Shepherd died before she got to meet her baby boy Kyden.

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

The facts on inductions

The business of babies around the world

Trying to speed up the inevitable

Baby

5 things to do with your baby’s old clothes

Nicole Thomson-Pride Did you think your only option for your baby’s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

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The history of the disposable nappy

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Marion Donovan, inventor of the first disposable nappy, had one question that guided her work: "What do I think will help a lot of people, and most certainly will help me?"

Childhood around the world

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

The best and worst month of my life

Great gift ideas for first birthdays

Toddler

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

Paul Purcell 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 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 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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Wellbeing

The impact of our seafood consumption

PAUL KALINA Approximately 70 per cent of the seafood consumed in Australia is imported from countries where intensive farming is destroying marine ecosystems. Australian fisheries are putting entire species of shark and blue fin tuna at risk.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

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I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss. It involves toilet talk, and probably caused my miscarriage. But it needs to be talked about.

How to get rid of the mum guilt

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer