JO HARTLEY Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.
AMBER ROBINSON My memory of being 10-hours post-birth is a frozen pad in my knickers for the pain and stitching, puffy ankles, a crying baby and exhaustion veering on delirium. Not so for the Duchess of Cambridge.
KASEY EDWARDS Most people underestimate the postpartum period of recovery, both physically and psychologically. And doing so can be detrimental in many ways
Brooke Tasovac Some complications can arise after giving birth, sometimes even after taking your baby home, including post-partum haemorrhaging and post-partum infections.
Nicole Thomson-Pride In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
GREER BERRY How has the world continued on its pace when mine has been altered so drastically?
Letitia Rowlands Did you worry about how you would look "down there" after giving birth? This mum-to-be found plenty of women willing to share their knowledge.
LINDY ALEXANDER While celebrating the birth of their children, parents can get up to some activities others might find a little odd - but they know it works for them.
RACHEL BROWNE When Sophie and Ash Smith lost their premature triplets in 2006, the couple were devastated. Since then, they've helped raise more than $1 million to help others like them.
Natalie Feulner In my opinion, the first three months after the birth are the most intense. Here's what got me through that time after welcoming my baby.
LETITIA ROWLANDS The arrival of a baby is big news, but friends and family need to understand it is not their news to share.
Sandy Smith Many women see placenta pills - placentophagy - as a vital post-birth health supplement, but critics question how safe the practice is.
Laura Jackel To suffer a miscarriage is an emotional and physical journey for any woman. There's the loss of hopes and dreams for that little person, the regret and guilt - but also the very real physical pain, too.
Julia Cahill After welcoming a new family member, mums can enter a strange new world: the 'baby bubble'. It can make you not want to do anything away from your baby, where the only focus you need or crave is the unwavering gaze of your wondrous new family member.
Paula Goodyer A new book looks at the huge emotional challenges that come after childbirth - and the help that's available to mums.
AMY CORDEROY A sharp rise in the number of women needing blood transfusions when they give birth is concerning doctors, who are at a loss to explain why more women are experiencing serious bleeding in childbirth.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Fitness blogger and football wife Caroline Berg Eriksen has come under fire for posting a photo of her amazing post-baby body on Instrgram just four days after giving birth. She has defended the picture saying she is "proud" of what her body has achieved.
Luke Malone A British designer has the perfect gift idea for new parents: a photo frame made of the placenta.
Bess Gairns Today it feels like this will never be over. It feels like every day for the rest of your life will be spent in this room. But one day it will all feel like it happened a thousand years ago to someone else.
MELANIE MAHONEY In the first precious minutes after a set of twins are born, an amazing video shows them still clinging to each other as they may have in the womb.
Michaela Fox Establishing an early, healthy bond is vital for the long-term emotional wellbeing of premature babies and their parents - but in times of great stress and medical hardship, it can be difficult to achieve. Here's why it's worth it.
When Argentine lawyer Maria Lorena Gerbeno gave birth via caesarean section doctors told her that her daughter weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces. A few hours later she was handed a baby that weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces.
ABBY COLEMAN It’s understanding from strangers that has seen me through the sadness of a failed pregnancy.
Saman Shad From head shaving to red eggs, a night at the pub to first foods, cultures around the world have many ways to celebrate the arrival of a new baby.
Jo Hartley With an increasing trend for new dads and partners to buy ‘push presents’, it’s not just babies being given to new mothers in delivery rooms the world over.
Anne Harding A type of therapy developed to treat victims of military trauma can help ease distress and depression among mothers of babies born prematurely.
Kate Hagan Dads of premature babies at the Royal Women's Hospital are being helped to cope with their new lives with a fathers-only support group.
MELANIE MAHONEY Two-thirds of newborns now appear online within 60 minutes of their birth, usually on Facebook, a new poll shows.
Catherine Naylor Australia is one of the safest countries in the world in which to give birth, but ill health among expectant and new mothers is rising.
Lissa Christopher Lotus birth is the opposite of severing a baby's umbilical cord immediately after birth, leaving it attached until it falls off naturally.
KIRAN CHUG My daughter, my second child, is four days old, and has reminded me too that life is precious. She has made the world stand still while I catch my breath and take her in.
Megan Pearce There’s something about entering the state of parenthood, most particularly motherhood, that seems to act as a signal to the world that you’re now fair game. For Kate Middleton, the gloves are off.
Libby Hakim Lifestyle changes are part of the package when having a baby. It takes time to adjust - but instead of feeling guilty join Libby Hakim and focus on the things you won't miss about your pre-baby life.
Kiran Chug "Life with a newborn was, ultimately, the most magically rewarding and satisfying period of my life. It was filled with joy, love and wonder. But, here's the truth about some of the of the other bits."
EB team Jessica Simpson spoke to Katie Couric about the pressure on her to lose her baby weight since signing a $4 million contract with Weight Watchers to lose her baby weight. Watch the video.
Eating your placenta, supporters say, is good for your physical and mental wellbeing after the birth of your child. Now that TV star January Jones has admitted she ate hers in capsule form, more pregnant women and mums are asking what exactly placenta capsulation is – and if they should do it. We spoke to women who have tried it.
Lakshmi Singh Newborns may not be very heavy, but an improper lifting and holding technique - as well as caring for an older child, or having existing back issues - can make parenthood a literal pain in the neck and back.
Bern Morley I remember being given a copy of ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ when I was first pregnant. Well, I can save you forty bucks. Just expect your life to change. Massively.
Brooke Tasovac With so many people waiting to find out when your little one enters the world, some new parents will want to get the word out as soon as possible from the delivery room while others may want to take some time to themselves before they begin the often lengthy and tiring task of letting people know.
Post-baby body watching is like a spectator sport as gossip mags chart the ability of celebrity bellies to ease back into their jeans almost overnight. But in the real post-partum world of patchy sleep and milk-stained nighties, how easy is it to reclaim your former abs?
Nicky Phillips New mothers may experience forgetful moments, but their brains actually grow after giving birth, a US study has found.
Brooke Wells Regardless of whether you deliver vaginally or by Caesarean section, all mothers will experience certain symptoms as they recover from giving birth.
Lucy Perry Many men report an odd sense of concern that they are handed this little child with no instruction manual, no test to pass or interview process to go through in order to prove their aptitude for fatherhood. Together with your partner, you’re out on your own and this can feel a little scary.
Juliana Fridman I was barely awake that whole afternoon and full next day after the caesarean. In the meantime, Jon has been the best father (and husband) anyone could wish for. Jon goes see the boys 24x7, he worries and celebrate every little step.
Juliana Fridman I wasn’t feeling that well, one week since the caesarean and I still don’t walk much, my water retention got worse, and I have some problems breathing, especially at night.
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