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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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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