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

Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years.

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

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Melanie Mahoney We’ve seen some memorable time-lapse pregnancy and birth announcement videos before. Now one new couple has taken it to the extreme, capturing it all in just a six-second Vine video.

Expectant parents urged to swap the pub for bub

The least popular baby names of 2013

Pumping iron while your belly grows

When pregnancy takes you down memory lane

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

What parents should know about paediatric dentistry

Melanie Hearse There’s more to paediatric dentists than just a few party hats and flat screens playing cartoons or the latest computer game, as one mum learnt.

Toddler

SmarTrike Boutique: a great ride for your baby or toddler

Margarida Fantini We road tested the SmarTrike Boutique, the new model tricycle/push-bike launched recently by SmarTrike, and we think it’s their best ever.

Lifestyle

For and against

Should Blue Ivy have been at the VMAs?

Kerri Sackville and Rashida Tayabali Many were quick to condemn Beyonce and Jay Z after appearing on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with their two-year-old daughter, but others thought it was a sweet family moment. What do you think?

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Fracking may pose risk of birth defects, but further studies needed

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Isaac Arnsdorf The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks.

Toddler attacked at gym creche

Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

How to build a worm farm

Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Wellbeing

If love could have saved you, you'd have never left

Shyz Khan The words "spontaneous abortion" on the hospital paperwork really got to me. My baby died; I didn't spontaneously decide to abort him.

Why are there so few sexy maternity bras?

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Maureen Matthews Rather than feeling ashamed of their post-baby bodies, women should be free to buy lingerie that makes them look attractive and pretty - no matter what stage of life they're in.

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5 secrets to a long-lasting relationship

Mum gets diploma 51 years after being thrown out of school over pregnancy

5 fears I've overcome since becoming a mum

I'm straight, but I'm married to another woman