Life as a widower dad

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Benjamin Brooks-Dutton Just after 8pm I was a happily married 33-year-old father. By 9.17pm I was a widower in shock, a solo dad to a toddler.

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11 survival tips for first-time dads

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Brian Koerber One of the scariest moments in any man's life is the impending reality that you're going to be a father.

New dads just as likely to suffer from postnatal depression

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Kathy Evans While one in 10 mums suffer from postnatal depression (PND), new research shows that men are equally prone to the illness.

Photos capture the emotions of new fathers

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Keith Perry A new book shows the entire gamut of emotions experienced by brand new fathers - ranging from petrified to ecstatic - in a poignant set of images.

Red spot first sign of former premier Nick Greiner's breast cancer

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Jill Margo Nick Greiner, the former premier of NSW, has spoken publicly about being diagnosed with breast cancer, and the subsequent removal of his left breast.

Stay-at-home dad tries, fails to crowdfund a salary

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Kasey Edwards Imagine launching a crowdfunding campaign to ask strangers to pay you an income for parenting. That was one dad's grand plan - but it didn't go quite as planned.

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To my girls on their first birthday

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You don’t know is how the past year has affected me as a person. You don’t know how I’ve changed, and how my perspectives have been completely displaced and realigned. This is comforting to me – I want you to know me for who I am now.

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The rise of the vasectomy party

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CATHERINE RODIE Although it could seem like a strange thing to celebrate, more men are choosing to celebrate having vasectomies with a party.

Dad and daughter's loving tribute in mum's memory

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To pay tribute to his late wife, who died of cancer a few years after marrying and having a child, a father and his young daughter posed for a series of photos that reflect on their lives with and without her.

Dad dies hours after holding son for first time

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Melanie Mahoney Josh Robison came down with flu-like symptoms in early December. A few weeks later, just hours after holding his newborn baby for the first time, he passed away.

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Family's plea to help find missing dad Nick Eade

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MEGAN LEVY The young family of a dad who vanished from Sydney more than two weeks ago has made an emotional plea for public help to find him in the lead-up to Christmas.

Male pill a step closer to reality

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An Australian scientist has made a discovery that could lead to a male contraceptive pill.

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Dads want it all, too

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Josefa Pete While we accept the stereotype of this harried mother, struggling to get the balance right between work and motherhood, we almost never discuss that dads might want to have it all too.

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Movember dad diagnosed with prostate cancer

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Georgina Stylianou Danny Bedingfield took part in Movember in honour of his father, who died of prostate cancer this year. But, at 38, the dad of one didn't expect to end up fighting the same battle.

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Noah's life 18 years in the making

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Lisa Cox At 14, with a cancer diagnosis, becoming a dad was the last thing on Steve Hall's mind. But some forward planning meant he was able to welcome a son 18 years later.

Even dads get the blues

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Amanda Hooton It's not only mums who endure postnatal depression - it's thought that just as many dads suffer from the debilitating illness. Worryingly, they're also less likely to get help.

We need to wake up to new gender roles for dads

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Sam Dastyari Our bloke culture is fantastic for pulling big egos down a peg, but it fails when it perpetuates the prevailing sexism in Australia - especially when it comes to parenting.

Dads grapple with grief over lost babies too

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Ross Larkin Volunteer support can have an amazing impact on dads in mourning for lost babies, writes Ross Larkin.

Watch live surgeries on World Vasectomy Day

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MELANIE MAHONEY On World Vasectomy Day, 15 men will be undergoing ‘the big snip’ live on stage in Adelaide – and having the procedure streamed around the world on the internet.

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Do men with smaller 'nads make better dads?

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Luke Malone A study has found a connection between testicle size and parenting ability. Yes, really.

Michael Bublé: 'I didn't have that feeling of love for my son'

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Staff writers New dad Michael Bublé has spoken about meeting his son Noah for the first time – and has admitted that he didn’t fall in love with his baby immediately.

When a new life and your life's dream go head-to-head

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Darren Jolly Darren Jolly, who now plays for Collingwood, describes his experiences of a life-changing weekend in 2006, when his daughter was born the day before he played in the AFL grand final.

DIY Father's Day projects

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Babyology Kids love to spoil Dad with their handcrafted gifts! Click through to find a few activity and gift ideas you and the kids can do from home.

Help for fathers struggling with PND

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COSIMA MARRINER One in 20 fathers will suffer from postnatal depression. A new program targets men to help them recognise the symptoms in themselves.

Father's Day 2013 gift guide

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SITE: BABYOLOGY Look beyond the usual gifts for the man in your life this Father's Day - from photography fans to gadget lovers, chefs to fans of the outdoors, we've got them covered.

Video: Protect yourself

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Staff writers Life with kids can be messy, chaotic, loud … and, at times, especially painful for men, as one ad shows.

The app that makes husbands legendary

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Merryn Porter A dad has come up with an app to help make the lives of husbands - and their wives - happier and easier.

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Men and nappy changing

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MATT CALMAN French opposition MP Valerie Pecresse thinks men shouldn't have to partake in such "menial" tasks as changing nappies.

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What if men can breastfeed?

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Lauren Smelcher Sams There have been numerous documented cases of male lactation. So why is the concept so strange?

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New dads are sexy and they know it

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MELANIE MAHONEY While most women wouldn’t associate being a new parent with feeling more attractive, it seems men see it differently: they think they’re better looking than before they were dads.

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Should Blue Ivy have been at the VMAs?

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?

Toddler attacked at gym creche

Two-year-old girl Eva Ness was left with a black eye and bite marks on her face and body after an altercation with an older child at a health club's child-minding facilities. Now her parents are calling for the centre to be closed.

Pregnancy a tricky matter of timing for FIFO couples

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

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Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

Most parents know their child's carseat is not always squeaky clean, but they might not realise just how dirty it really is.

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

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.

Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Celebrity mum-to-be Sonia Kruger has spoken candidly about using donor eggs and IVF to fall pregnant at age 48.

Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old

When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: “I don’t want to look beautiful.” And now I've worked out why.

Special nappies made with love for angel babies

Angel Baby Nappies make and provide tiny bereavement cloth nappies for pre-term stillborn babies and premature babies who pass away in the NICU.

Inside the brain of a tantruming toddler

What's going on in your child's mind in the lead-up to a tantrum? And what’s the best way to respond?

5 secrets to a long-lasting relationship

When it comes to keeping your relationship strong, it’s what you do - and not what you want - that really matters.

When 'furbabies' meet real babies

I am obsessed with my dogs, and can't imagine loving them any less once my baby arrives. But that doesn't stop everyone from telling me I will.

The least popular baby names of 2013

Looking for a baby name that’s nowhere near the top 10 – or even the top 1000? Try the bottom five.

'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

There are no laws regulating driving while tired, but statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll.

Why are there so few sexy maternity bras?

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.

Toddler Alliyah one step closer to first trip home

She has lived the first 14 months of her life in a hospital intensive care unit, but Alliyah Broadby's parents hope to finally take their little girl home with them.

'Put people before IVF profits': IVF pioneer Alan Trounson

IVF could be done for hundreds of dollars in Australia instead of $8500 if clinics stopped charging what ''the market will handle'', a pioneer of the technology says.

Expectant parents urged to swap the pub for bub

Nearly one in five women drink while pregnant, but a current campaign is trying to drive down that unhealthy statistic.

Nutella supplies threatened by bad weather

There's bad news for fans of Nutella, the gooey, chocolatey hazelnut spread.

The cost of growing your own vegies

Does it make financial sense to grow your own veggies, or are you better off ordering produce from the local food co-op?

Breastfeeding mums less likely to suffer from PND, but all need support

A new study has shown the a complex relationship between a mother’s intention to breastfeed, her ability to do so, and postnatal depression.

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What they don't tell dads about breastfeeding

Richie Young If The Nightly Adventures of Poo, Wee and Tears hasn’t already tipped us over the edge into the realisation that life as we knew it has disappeared forever, the breastfeeding most surely will.

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Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend – me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum – I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

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