When Sarah Browning began having contractions on Monday, while a blizzard outside her door made world headlines, she assumed it was false labour.
A "catastrophic" infection has claimed the life of a Wellington nurse only seven days after she gave birth to a 14-weeks premature son.
Peta Doherty A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A first-time mum will never get to hold her four newborns, dying shortly after giving birth to the quadruplets.
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.
Yumi Stynes Listening to birth stories is when the sisterhood really rallies. Other mothers seem to really understand this need to talk.
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.
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.
Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.
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.
Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.
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.
Melanie Mahoney A baby who was born at 23 weeks has survived her first week of life outside the womb.
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.”
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?"
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.
A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.
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.
CATHERINE RODIE Now that Facebook has relaxed its rules around breastfeeding photos, it seems they're cracking down on birth photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Baby Shane Michael Haley, who completed his parents' bucket list before he was even born, has died in his mother's arms.
LETITIA ROWLANDS The Silverton family has heard the phrase "it's a girl" for the first time in four generations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LETITIA ROWLANDS This multi-tasking mother cut things a bit fine when she decided to register her son for preschool despite being in labour.
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.
ELISSA GRIESSER "Each journey is different, but somehow, far and near, all parents of premature babies travel it together."
Jen Ng Baby Jayden's dramatic emergency caesarean was captured in a series of beautiful photographs by his uncle.
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.”
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