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5 qualities every midwife should have


Sharday Stirton My midwife was an indispensable part of the whole childbirth journey for me, and when newly pregnant friends ask if they should book one, I can't say yes quickly enough.

Pregnant woman plans to have dolphin as midwife


Staff writers One woman has an interesting idea of what a midwife should do.


6 common questions on cord-blood banking answered


Mayo Clinic News Network Blood from a newborn's umbilical cord was once considered a waste product, but it actually contains potentially life-saving cells.

Birth Plan more articles

HypnoBirthing isn't a hippie thing ... just ask Kate


ALEISHA ORR Word is that Kate Middleton is considering HypnoBirthing when she delivers the new heir to the throne.

Birthzilla? Pass me the badge


Prue Corlette A birth plan is about putting it in writing that a woman's body is to be treated with respect and dignity by her caregivers

In defence of birth plans


Tara Moss Birthzillas, Bridezillas and perhaps all ‘Zillas’ are bad news. It’s amusing stuff, but the thing is, birth plans are helpful for many parents, and an increasing number of obstetricians and midwives request them. There are a number of reasons for this.

Labour more articles

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour


JO HARTLEY We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris, who has written a book about his career as a midwife.

Harry Wallop Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

The truth about dad's role in the delivery room

Dad's need to follow their partner's lead in the delivery room.

Kedric Francis It turns out silent strength was my role. Just shut up and stand there? Turns out, I can do that.

Caesarean more articles

Gynaecologist questions push for natural delivery

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AMY CORDEROY A gynaecologist has spoken out against current caesearean policies, saying that directives to reduce c-section rates are actually putting women at risk.

My planned caesarean

elective caesarean

KIRAN CHUG I know my decision won't be popular, but I believe that every woman has the right to choose how they have their baby. And my caesarean gave me the most control over how I felt about my body and my child's birth.

Why we must stop judging c-section mums


Kiran Chug For my first child's birth, the theatre was crowded with doctors. My baby was pulled out of my tummy and it wasn't how nature intended.

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After Birth more articles

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe


LETITIA ROWLANDS The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Womb to world: transitioning your new baby


JO HARTLEY One minute they're contentedly snuggled in the sanctuary of their mum's tummy, and the next they arrive into an overwhelming reality of lights, cameras and action.

7 things you can do with your placenta

Placenta print from Etsy/PowerfulMamas, placenta pearl pendants and ring from BeyondTheWillowTree, and placenta pizza.

MEGAN BLANDFORD While many mums and birth practitioners discard of the placenta without giving it a second thought, there are others who decide to keep it  – for a range of reasons.


Birth Stories more articles

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

The newborn weighed 5.97kg at birth.

Barcroft Media An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

'I've had my baby early - it's 26 weeks'

Colleen Costante and Lucas after the early home birth.

AAP A mum who gave birth at 26 weeks at home was one of those giving thanks on Victoria's inaugural "Thank a Paramedic Day".

How I came to have an unassisted home birth

Raidah Shah Idil

RAIDAH SHAH IDIL Am I a home birth advocate? No. I am an advocate for women choosing the birth they want.


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Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for art

We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.

Video shows babies 'singing' to music in the womb

A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.

Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study

Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

Dinosaur products for babies and toddlers

Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.

Restaurant manager sticks up for noisy baby

A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.

His name is Cayden: Mum and social media hit back after racist Facebook attack

When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five new mums will join the Essential Baby Test Drive Team and discover great new baby toys from Fisher-Price & write a review to be published on Essential Baby.

The Chinese tradition for new mums that can now cost $37,000 a month

Opulent rest time is becoming the gold standard in postpartum recovery, inspired by a Chinese confinement custom known as "sitting the month".

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour

We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.

Mum told to express in pet relief area at airport

A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Washington's Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.

Heartbreak as mum dies and her baby chokes to death

An Australian woman living in the US collapsed and died while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on his food. 

The hidden mental health illness of anxiety

Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she could not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

Grandma surprised with brand new granddaughter

Finding out you’re going to be a grandmother can be a very emotional moment. Finding out that you’re a grandmother and the baby is already here is just out of this world.

Saltwater Sandals for babies and toddlers

Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?

How to spring clean your body and mind

Whether you're pregnant, already a mum, or are just trying to be a bit more healthy, there are ways to use the rejuvenating season to give yourself a boost.

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