Melanie Mahoney It hadn’t been on her shopping list, but one mum returned home from her trip to Coles with a very special item: a baby.
DANIELLE COLLEY When Kirra Givanni went on a Facebook page for mums and wrote about her childbirth experience, she wasn't prepared for the critical reaction.
LETITIA ROWLANDS His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.
KERRI SACKVILLE After three healthy kids, I can’t help feeling I’ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I’ll never get the chance.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A baby girl who was born after her mother was struck by lightning has just turned a year old. But doctors are unable to say what her future holds, or why her hair is still full of static electricity.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Troy Dickerson wanted to film his wife Kristin's journey to the hospital to give birth. Little did he know he would also capture footage of the baby being born before they even reached the hospital doors.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Baby Megan Hui survived against the odds, so her parents now call her their "little miracle".
Anita Li Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.
Fiona McArthur You never know what to expect when a baby is being born, but it's an honour to be there.
Letitia Rowlands It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.
CATHERINE RODIE We all know that no two births are alike, but one word that doesn’t come up much is ‘fun’. For these mums, however, it fits perfectly.
Letitia Rowlands New mum Edita Tracey could not possibly have foreseen the dramatic way her baby’s birth would unfold.
Andrea O'Neil Liz Shlimon was determined to go ahead with her wedding, even as her contractions kept holding up the proceedings.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A mum in the US has given birth to her twin boys 24 days apart thanks to a rare procedure aimed at giving the second born twin more time in the womb after his brother arrived prematurely.
'Mono mono' twins Jillian and Jenna entered the world as best friends, grasping each other's hands seconds after birth.
Shylah Huisman After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.
Melanie Mahoney A lot of things can go through a dad-to-be’s mind as his partner is in labour. But for James Anderson, there was just one thing he could think about: “We have to get married. NOW.”
Melanie Mahoney The busy streets of Manhattan may be home to many strange and wonderful sights, but you don't expect to see a woman giving birth in the middle of a busy intersection.
Rene Lynch 'There are more feet,' the doctor told Kim Fugate after she had already given birth to Kenleigh, Kristen and Kayleigh.
CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A woman who gave birth on the back seat of a car on Wednesday morning while being chased by police has described her labor as “very fast”.
Despite all the work getting nice and fit, hiring our wonderful midwife and planning for a VBAC, I never actually believed it was going to happen.
Daniel Kelley A Pennsylvania woman and her 2-day-old daughter are in good condition after she gave birth outdoors, sitting on a sled.
CRAIG MATHIESON Forget horror films: this show has some astounding screaming, which tends to be accompanied by demands for an epidural, or the sudden realisation on the prospective mother's part that her partner is an idiot.
Talia Shadwell Newborn Miles Gilpin entered the world at the very moment Wellington was struck by Monday's magnitude 6.2 earthquake.
Letitia Rowlands In an amazing coincidence, a mum has given birth to all four of her children - a set of twins and two singletones - on the same day of the year.
Josephine McKenna A nun who gave birth to a baby boy has described him as "a gift of god" and pledged to take care of him as she faces expulsion from the convent.
Cassy Small Doulas across Australia are helping parents heal from births that didn't go to plan, holding rebirthing ceremonies to replicate a calm and natural birth and heal any emotional ties the mother may have.
Melanie Mahoney A woman has shared her labour and home birth via social media – tweeted TMI details, gritty Facebook photos and all.
Melanie Mahoney A woman has found a different use for her onesie when she gave birth in it, catching the baby in her pants leg in a hospital car park.
DEBORAH GOUGH Errant kangaroos on country roads weren't enough to stop Max Alexander from being the first baby born in Victoria this year.
Letitia Rowlands The annual Mothers and Babies report has revealed that more babies are being born in Australia than ever before. A smaller percentage of them are being born to teen mothers, while the number of older mothers continues to rise.
A pregnant woman had her baby taken by British social workers after a forced caesarean section - and the child has still not been returned to her.
'Crossfit mum' Lea-Ann Ellison, who sparked controversy by posing for training photos while heavily pregnant, has had a healthy baby boy in a natural homebirth.
Melanie Mahoney A baby startled hospital workers when she seemed to come back to life after spending 10 hours in a morgue.
A baby has been born healthy after his brain dead mother was kept on life support for three months while he grew in the womb.
Kerrielyn Clark Three years ago, Liz Milroy experienced a life-changing moment. She is now helping disadvantaged women give birth around the world.
Staff writers Many mums say that their partners could sleep through anything - but this dad really takes the cake.
Maria Guido There are many reasons why women may feel like they have "failed" when they don’t have the birth they’ve imagined.
Kathy Sundstrom A squeamish dad-to-be had been considered waiting outside the hospital room while his first child was born ... but his son had other ideas.
Staff writers The last thing Gemma Holmes remembers from September 8, 2012, is getting on her moped and heading to work.
Staff writers A newborn has had a dramatic introduction to the world, surviving a car crash after her dad drove into a ditch while her mum gave birth.
Kiri Ten Dolle Lynda Sika was in bed asleep when she woke to almighty contractions on Wednesday night. Her son arrived 15 minutes later.
MELANIE MAHONEY One woman had a very good reason to not realise she was pregnant - she gave birth to her fourth child when she was 60 years old.
"It was the fastest, most incredible, beautiful, wild birth I’ve ever had the pleasure to document," the photographer said.
MELANIE MAHONEY Alexandra Kinova, a Czech mum of one, is preparing to give birth to the country's first set of quintuplets - and they were conceived without IVF.
ADRIAN LOWE In the wake of a baby's death, a Victorian coroner has called for funding for programs that will save babies from potentially fatal "true knots" in umbilical cords.
MELANIE MAHONEY Danel and Maria Morales were just minutes old when they performed an act that has touched the hearts of people around the world.
Twin sisters who found out they were pregnant at the same time have given birth to their babies on the same day, in the same hospital.
Rosalie Fodor Essential Baby member Rosalie Fodor didn't know she was pregnant - until she was giving birth! She told her story to Nicole Salinas.
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