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

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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.

Family overcomes roadblocks to welcome one of Australia's first babies for 2014

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DEBORAH GOUGH Errant kangaroos on country roads weren't enough to stop Max Alexander from being the first baby born in Victoria this year.

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Australia today: more babies, with fewer teen mums

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Letitia Rowlands The annual Mothers and Babies report has revealed that more babies are being born in Australia than ever before. A smaller percentage of them are being born to teen mothers, while the number of older mothers continues to rise.

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Woman forced to have c-section, has baby taken from her

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A pregnant woman had her baby taken by British social workers after a forced caesarean section - and the child has still not been returned to her.

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Crossfit mum gives birth to son at home

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'Crossfit mum' Lea-Ann Ellison, who sparked controversy by posing for training photos while heavily pregnant, has had a healthy baby boy in a natural homebirth.

Baby comes 'back from the dead' after 10 hours in morgue

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Melanie Mahoney A baby startled hospital workers when she seemed to come back to life after spending 10 hours in a morgue.

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Healthy baby born to brain dead mum

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A baby has been born healthy after his brain dead mother was kept on life support for three months while he grew in the womb.

Midwife shares gift of life with refugees

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Kerrielyn Clark Three years ago, Liz Milroy experienced a life-changing moment. She is now helping disadvantaged women give birth around the world.

Partner sleeps through woman's screams as she delivers surprise baby

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Staff writers Many mums say that their partners could sleep through anything - but this dad really takes the cake.

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Birth failure is more than a mindset

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Maria Guido There are many reasons why women may feel like they have "failed" when they don’t have the birth they’ve imagined.

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Surprise water birth for mum and squeamish dad

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Kathy Sundstrom A squeamish dad-to-be had been considered waiting outside the hospital room while his first child was born ... but his son had other ideas.

Woman wakes from coma to discover she's four months pregnant

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Staff writers The last thing Gemma Holmes remembers from September 8, 2012, is getting on her moped and heading to work.

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Baby survives car crash seconds after birth

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Staff writers A newborn has had a dramatic introduction to the world, surviving a car crash after her dad drove into a ditch while her mum gave birth.

Queensland mum's 15-minute home birth

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Kiri Ten Dolle Lynda Sika was in bed asleep when she woke to almighty contractions on Wednesday night. Her son arrived 15 minutes later.

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Being too involved in our children’s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

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