Couple's million dollar bill for premmie baby born on holiday

'Only time will tell for sure, but things are looking positive': Kylie with premmie Phoenix.

LETITIA ROWLANDS An Australian couple could face a medical expenses of more than $1 million after their baby boy was born three months prematurely while they were holidaying in Hawaii.

Husband films mum giving birth in moving car on freeway

Speedy delivery: Lesia and Jon Pettijohn with Josiah.

LETITIA ROWLANDS An incredible birth video shows a mother delivering her own baby as her husband drives along a freeway in a vain attempt to reach hospital.

The tiny twins who were strong from the start

Twins Oscar and Sam were born by emergency caesarean section at 28+2 weeks gestation.

Ellen Arnold I cried when a specialist told me at exactly 28 weeks that our twin boys would have to be born within 48 hours.

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Amber Pangborn gave birth alone and started a fire before being rescued.

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

6kg baby breaks records at Qld hospital

Ipswich's Jake McGuire was born weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces.

A bub weighing more than six kilograms has been born in a Queensland hospital.

Graduation ceremony comes to new mum in hospital

Juliet Smith at her hospital graduation.

Staff writers Juliet Smith may only have been a mum for a few days, but she has already learned that babies do not always fit in with their mother's plans.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

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Staff writers A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

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Letitia Rowlands "It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Woman who gave birth on flight didn't know she was pregnant

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Letitia Rowlands When a couple boarded a flight on Sunday, they had no idea they would be parents by the time the plane's wheels hit the tarmac again.

What time of day are most babies born?

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Lena H. Sun Most babies in the United States are born on a weekday, with the highest percentages delivered between 8am to 9am, and from noon to 1pm.

'We never thought we'd have a bubba': sister-in-law gives amazing gift

Baby Georgia.

Mike Watson In 2007, Natasha Banks was given a heartbreaking diagnosis - and she didn't think she'd ever get to be a mum.

When labour doesn't happen and you're induced

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KERRI SACKVILLE I never actually went into labour - so by 42 weeks I was booked in for induction.

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'Paralysed bride' becomes a mum

Rachelle and her husband Chris with their daughter, Kaylee.

Staff writers Rachelle Friedman Chapman was preparing to marry the man of her dreams when tragedy struck four years ago.

Surprise baby born on toilet

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Discovering your wife has just given birth on the toilet would be a surprise for anyone. But the shock would be even greater if neither you or your partner knew you were expecting a baby.

Powerful photos show a mother's love

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Staff writers A baby's first breastfeed is a special moment in any mother's life. However this newborn's first nurse at his mother's breast was particularly poignant.

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How I really feel about my drug-free birth

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KERRI SACKVILLE Do I feel 'smug'? No. Nor do I feel remotely superior. Each birth was valid and valuable in its own right, producing, as it did, a healthy baby.

Five posterior babies, four home births

Sarah and her daughter immediately after her home birth.

Sarah Dennis I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.

Newborn all-girl quintuplets 'doing great'

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Todd Ackermanand Carol Christian The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.

Double the surprise: parents keep big secret from family and friends

Sharon Rademacher with her daughters Maryann Grace and Brianna Faith.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Nine months is a long time to keep a secret this big.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

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Staff writers If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

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A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Kim Lock Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

Infection killed new mum of twins

Sophie Burgess died after giving birth to twins.

Su-Lin Tan Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.

Oh boy! Video shows family's reaction to baby surprise

Danielle and Kyle Williams with their baby boy, Bentley.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.

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Skin-to-skin brought premmie back to life - now his parents are helping others

Jamie and his twin sister Emily were born at just 26 weeks.

Staff writers After 20 minutes of working on tiny baby Jamie, a doctor said there was nothing he could do to save their son. Then something wonderful happened.

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Dad witnesses son's birth from 3000 kms away

FIFO contract worker Jace Larke watches his son's birth in virtual reality.

HANNAH FRANCIS A fly-in, fly-out worker has used virtual reality technology to experience the "next best thing" to being at his baby's birth.

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Early baby surprise for showering mum

Baby Miracle was born in the shower.

Staff writers A US woman stepped into the shower this week to help ease the discomfort of stomach pains and emerged holding a newborn.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

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A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

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Big surprise: mum's unexpected 6.35kg baby

Avery Denton weighed around the same as two average babies at birth.

LETITIA ROWLANDS When Maxxzandra Ford found out she was 35 weeks pregnant, she was very surprised.

Couple brave blizzard after mum goes into labour at home

Sarah and Andrew Browning welcomed their son during the US blizzard.

When Sarah Browning began having contractions on Monday, while a blizzard outside her door made world headlines, she assumed it was false labour.

Infection kills mum one week after birth

Catherine Hammond died one week after her baby's birth.

A "catastrophic" infection has claimed the life of a Wellington nurse only seven days after she gave birth to a 14-weeks premature son.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

Gerri Wolfe delivered her twins herself via caesarean section at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital.

Peta Doherty A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

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'We'll make sure they know how much she loved them': mum dies after delivering quads

Erica Morales, 36, died moments after giving birth to quads.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A first-time mum will never get to hold her four newborns, dying shortly after giving birth to the quadruplets.

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Mum gives birth one hour after learning she was pregnant

“It’s honestly good that everything is being thrown at me

LETITIA ROWLANDS Most mums-to-be have about eight months, give or take a few weeks, to get used to the idea of having a baby once they find out they are pregnant.

The joy - and pain - of sharing our birth stories

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Yumi Stynes Listening to birth stories is when the sisterhood really rallies. Other mothers seem to really understand this need to talk.

Meet Aaron, Australia's first baby of 2015

New parents Nanuka and Bijay Shahi welcome baby Aaron after a 12 hour labour.

HARRIET ALEXANDER For a baby who was in no particular hurry to enter the world, Aaron Shahi made up for his tardiness with a series of firsts.

"Miracle" quads arrive in time for new year

Ashley Gardner just hours after giving birth to her four babies.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A set of quadruplets, whose conception was labelled as one in 70 million, has been born via caesarean section after the babies' mother went into labour at 29 weeks.

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Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Baby Clare's birth was timed perfectly.

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

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Special delivery arrives on flight

Veronica Rocha The birth of a baby boy onboard a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday morning was not only a surprise to passengers, but the mother as well.

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Mia Yasmin Garcia weighed in at almost fourteen pounds.

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

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Twins become dads on same day

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Melanie Mahoney Twin brothers have become dads on the same day - with their partners giving birth in the same hospital, with the same midwife, and even in the same birthing pool.

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Born at 23 weeks, 'Chopstick Baby' survives first week

The baby weighed only 660g at birth.

Melanie Mahoney A baby who was born at 23 weeks has survived her first week of life outside the womb.

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Mum and daughter have babies on same day

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MELANIE MAHONEY "It's not really something you ever want or think could happen. To have my mum going through it with me is probably the most special, amazing thing ever.”

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Reliving the birth experience

Everyone's birth story is unique.

GREER BERRY When people ask about how my labour went, I usually respond: "Good, I think? Four hours long, and yeah it hurt, but I dunno, it's labour, it's giving birth, it's painful... but I guess it was good? As good as good gets?"

Lauren gives the ultimate gift despite her own personal loss

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LETITIA ROWLANDS It's been two years since she lost her own baby boy, but despite her grief, Lauren Fisher has given another couple the ultimate gift of a child.

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Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

Picture of health: Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro holds her newborn daughter, Taily. The mother's heart stopped and a team of more than a dozen medical professionals  worked three hours to revive her.

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Woman hit by truck comes out of coma, gives birth

This photo was taken as Jenny opened her eyes to see her husband for the first time after the accident.

Katie Mettler and Tony Marrero When a tow truck slammed into a pregnant Jenny Quiles, she sustained massive head injuries and went into a coma. Then something amazing happened.

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The birth photos too graphic for Facebook

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CATHERINE RODIE Now that Facebook has relaxed its rules around breastfeeding photos, it seems they're cracking down on birth photos.

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The mum-to-be who never got to meet her baby

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LETITIA ROWLANDS She was looking forward to becoming a mother for the first time, but a rare complication during childbirth meant Kymberlie Shepherd died before she got to meet her baby boy Kyden.

European holiday one week, motherhood the next: student gives birth to surprise baby

Kate had few pregnancy symptoms and still fit into her size 6 clothes when heavily pregnant on her dream European trip.

Melanie Mahoney At 22, two years into a uni degree, Kate Hudson, took a dream trip around with Europe with friends. She didn't realise she was going to be a mum by the end of the month.

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MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

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Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

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Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

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IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

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Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

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Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

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Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Beaneasy: sweet nursery furniture with a twist

If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

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Woman adopts best friend's four daughters after cancer tragedy

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Baby Leo's mum excluded from $500K trust 'for her own protection'

Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

Carer investigated over washing machine photo posted 'for a laugh'

She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.

Mum's premature labour nightmare after high tea salmonella outbreak

An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.

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Prince George celebrates second birthday

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