We need better post-birth care for new mums

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KASEY EDWARDS Most people underestimate the postpartum period of recovery, both physically and psychologically. And doing so can be detrimental in many ways

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Post-partum haemorrhaging and infections: the facts

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Brooke Tasovac Some complications can arise after giving birth, sometimes even after taking your baby home, including post-partum haemorrhaging and post-partum infections.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

Up to 30 per cent of mums say their birth experience was traumatic.

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).

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'My miracle is finally here'

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

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Will I be wrecked 'down there' after birth?

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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.

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Alternative practices after birth

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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.

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The team that runs for premature babies

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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.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

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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.

Mum's the word when it comes to baby news

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The arrival of a baby is big news, but friends and family need to understand it is not their news to share.

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Would you pop a placenta pill?

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Sandy Smith Many women see placenta pills - placentophagy - as a vital post-birth health supplement, but critics question how safe the practice is.

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What a miscarriage feels like

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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.

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Entering the baby bubble

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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.

New book on overcoming the baby blues

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Paula Goodyer A new book looks at the huge emotional challenges that come after childbirth - and the help that's available to mums.

Blood loss in labour on the rise

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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.

Fitness blogger's post-baby selfie sparks debate

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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.

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Pretty as a picture? Placenta photo frames

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Luke Malone A British designer has the perfect gift idea for new parents: a photo frame made of the placenta.

Dear NICU mum

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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.

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Video: Twins don't seem to realise they've been born

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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.

Why early bonds are vital for premature babies and their parents

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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.

Mothers discover babies switched at birth

Argentinian babies switched at birth

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.

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Miscarriages break hearts, regardless of taboos

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ABBY COLEMAN It’s understanding from strangers that has seen me through the sadness of a failed pregnancy.

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How different cultures celebrate birth

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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.

The push present trend

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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.

Trauma therapy helpful for parents of premmies

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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.

Dad's double dose of joy and frailty in neonatal world

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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.

Most baby photos online an hour after birth

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MELANIE MAHONEY Two-thirds of newborns now appear online within 60 minutes of their birth, usually on Facebook, a new poll shows.

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Increase in health problems in new mums

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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.

Lotus birth basics

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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.

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Meeting my daughter

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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.

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Let the judgement begin

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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.

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What I DON'T miss about life before babies

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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.

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The truth about life with a newborn

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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."

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'Every day is a struggle for me': the Jessica Simpson interview

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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.

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'I had my placenta encapsulated'

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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.

Back care for new mums

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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.

What to really expect

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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.

Announcing the birth of your baby

'Father' to be removed from birth certificate

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.

Baby belly busters

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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?

Forget 'baby brain' - mothers' grey matter grows after the birth

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Nicky Phillips New mothers may experience forgetful moments, but their brains actually grow after giving birth, a US study has found.

Recovery after birth

The after-effects of labour, including pain and swelling, can vary.

Brooke Wells Regardless of whether you deliver vaginally or by Caesarean section, all mothers will experience certain symptoms as they recover from giving birth.

So proud to be a new dad

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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.

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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.

A turn around on events, getting my health back

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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.

Sex and baby

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Although everyone’s different, a new baby will inevitably have some impact on your sex life. Here Sarah Scheller O’Donnell explains what to expect before, during and after pregnancy

Many still believe depression comes with motherhood

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Jennie Curtin Most people think depression is a ''normal'' part of pregnancy and women do not need treatment, according to a survey by the mental health group beyondblue.

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