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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The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy, birth and parenting traditions vary widely around the world.

Ian Steward Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Mum learnt she was pregnant hours before giving birth

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EAMONN DUFF Kim Walsh arrived at the doctor with abdominal cramps. Hours later, she was cradling the baby experts told her she could never have.

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'Bucket list baby' dies in mum's arms

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Baby Shane Michael Haley, who completed his parents' bucket list before he was even born, has died in his mother's arms.

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Family welcomes first baby girl in more than 100 years

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The Silverton family has heard the phrase "it's a girl" for the first time in four generations.

Woman fights off robber, then gives birth

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A thief in the US got more than he bargained for when he try to rob a woman who was nine months pregnant because he figured she would be an easy target.

The patient wait for "miracle" baby Pablo

At last: Andres Hernandez, Maria Herrera and Pablo.

MIKI PERKINS After a long struggle to have a baby, Maria Herrara was willing to do anything to become a mother - including being confined to a hospital bed "head down, bum up" for four months of pregnancy.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

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Katy Chatel I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

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Pictures of heartbreak and perfection

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Excitement turned to tragedy for Emily McClearen and Richard Staley when their daughter was stillborn last month. The couple has honoured their baby's memory by sharing heartbreaking yet beautiful photos of her.

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Busy mum gives birth at school

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LETITIA ROWLANDS This multi-tasking mother cut things a bit fine when she decided to register her son for preschool despite being in labour.

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The mum who had four babies in nine months

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Letitia Rowlands Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

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Supporting the mums of our precious premmies

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ELISSA GRIESSER "Each journey is different, but somehow, far and near, all parents of premature babies travel it together."

Photos show baby's entry into the world by emergency caesarean

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Jen Ng Baby Jayden's dramatic emergency caesarean was captured in a series of beautiful photographs by his uncle.

Special delivery: mum gives birth in Coles

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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.

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Woman crucified on Facebook for 'boasting' about natural birth

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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.

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Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

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LETITIA ROWLANDS His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

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When labour just doesn't happen

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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.

Baby born after mum struck by lightning

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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.

Dad films baby's speedy birth on GoPro camera

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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.

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'Miracle' baby survives miscarriage and abortion pills

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Baby Megan Hui survived against the odds, so her parents now call her their "little miracle".

See the emotional photos of two dads meeting their newborn for the first time

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Anita Li Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

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The honour and heartbreak of rural midwifery

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Fiona McArthur You never know what to expect when a baby is being born, but it's an honour to be there.

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

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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.

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Can birth be fun?

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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.

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Mum delivers baby while undergoing open-heart surgery

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Letitia Rowlands New mum Edita Tracey could not possibly have foreseen the dramatic way her baby’s birth would unfold.

Here comes the bride ... and she's in labour

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Andrea O'Neil Liz Shlimon was determined to go ahead with her wedding, even as her contractions kept holding up the proceedings.

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Twins born 24 days apart

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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.

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Rare twins hold hands at birth

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'Mono mono' twins Jillian and Jenna entered the world as best friends, grasping each other's hands seconds after birth.

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Why I loved my third home water birth

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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.

Dad surprises labouring partner with delivery room wedding

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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.”

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Woman gives birth in New York intersection

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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.

Surprise baby: woman expected triplets, but had quadruplets

Kimberley Fudgate's daughter Kristen.

Rene Lynch 'There are more feet,' the doctor told Kim Fugate after she had already given birth to Kenleigh, Kristen and Kayleigh.

Mum gives birth in police chase

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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”.

'My vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)'

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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.

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Woman gives birth on sled after snow storm

Shirley Kim Bonanni, and baby Bella Sophia Bonanni. (WPVI)

Daniel Kelley A Pennsylvania woman and her 2-day-old daughter are in good condition after she gave birth outdoors, sitting on a sled.

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The wonder of 'One Born Every Minute'

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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.

Meet New Zealand's 'quake baby'

Baby Miles was born during an earthquake in Wellington.

Talia Shadwell Newborn Miles Gilpin entered the world at the very moment Wellington was struck by Monday's magnitude 6.2 earthquake.

'Our four kids have the same birthday'

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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.

Nun's surprise baby 'a gift from God'

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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.

Born again: The practice of rebirthing

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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.

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Woman shares home birth story on Twitter, Facebook

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Melanie Mahoney A woman has shared her labour and home birth via social media – tweeted TMI details, gritty Facebook photos and all.

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'A onesie saved my son's life'

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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.

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

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

Manic stations: the nesting instinct in pregnancy

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Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

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Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

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Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

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It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

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Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

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