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

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

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Public welcome outside church for Princess Charlotte's christening

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have invited well-wishers to see Princess Charlotte outside church in Sandringham on day of her baptism.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

Gay couple in their 80s first to wed in Dallas after Supreme Court ruling

Love may have won, but it came with quite the wait.

William Tyrrell's family marks birthday with cake and renewed appeal

The family of missing boy William Tyrrell will mark his fourth birthday on Friday making a cake to share with friends and family as NSW police renewed their public appeal for information on his disappearance.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

Mother-in-law 'from hell' inspires survival guide

The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.

Name your baby Quinoa, win a $10K gift card

Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

The 83 children who were tragically let down in the last decade

Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

When newborn photoshoots get messy

When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

Orphaned baby daughter Ayla wakes from coma

Former All Black Jerry Collins' critically injured orphaned daughter has awoken from her coma and is able to bottle-feed.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Channel 10's Sarah Harris expecting first child

The Studio host Sarah Harris doesn't mind if her first baby is a boy or girl, but she does hope it is born with one thing in particular.

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