New mum gives birth 15 hours after learning she was pregnant

Adele Redmond Most expecting parents have nine months to prepare themselves, but for one NZ couple, a life-changing surprise happened literally overnight.

Little girl's adorable reaction to meeting baby brother

The excitement of meeting her baby brother is too much for this adorable little girl.

CATHERINE RODIE Watch little girl's adorable reaction to meeting her little brother for the first time.

11-year-old delivers baby sister - then goes to school

Helping to deliver their sibling isn't something most children get to experience.

CATHERINE RODIE Schoolgirl Caitlin Burke was the only person on hand to help deliver the newest member of the family when her mum went into labour at home.


The moment Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Glenn McGrath has spoken about his fear of losing his wife and baby.

CATHERINE RODIE Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.

Ryan 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald shares stillborn heartache

Fitzy and his wife BJ with sons Hewston, 5 and two-year-old Lennox.

CATHERINE RODIE Radio presenter Ryan 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald has opened up about losing his first daughter, who was born sleeping in 2008

The unusual things mums have done during labour

Tommitrise Collins didn't let childbirth stop her from completing a university exam.

EVELYN LEWIN While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

How unborn Tia-Jane saved her own life by putting her foot in it

Adrian and Alysha McVeigh with their daughter, Tia-Jane.

Deidre Mussen Tiny Tia-Jane's super-human fight for life started when she put her foot in it.

Woman, 47, finds out she's pregnant an hour before giving birth

Judy and Jason Brown with their surprise daughter.

LETITIA ROWLANDS At 47 years of age, pregnancy was the last thing on Judy Brown's mind.


Is this the cutest ever wedding crasher?

Best friends Bernadette Turner and Melissa White on the very big day.

LETITIA ROWLANDS He may be only a few weeks old, but baby Hunter Anderson has already proved that he doesn't like to miss a good party.

Half-time baby tops off All Blacks win

Daniel Pearce with his baby girl, Isla Jamie Pearce, born during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Elton Rikihana Smallman Moments after All Blacks first-five Dan Carter converted a magnificent try in the corner, baby Isla Jamie Pearce was born.

A birth story with twice the joy

Jule's twin girls shortly after birth.

Jule Scherer The days after giving birth were busy with recovering and finding our way as parents of two gorgeous premature girls.

Cecelia becomes first mum to give birth at Sydney train station

Woman gives birth at Auburn train station.

INGA TING Sydney Trains customer service duty manager Matthew Ward had been in the job for six months when he found himself helping to deliver the first baby ever born in a Sydney train station.

Viral 'bun in the oven' couple welcome son at 24 weeks

The couple celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary at Niagara Falls earlier this year.

Staff writers They were first introduced to the world when their 'bun in the oven' pregnancy announcement went viral.

The moment a woman gives birth on a flight

Flight attendants cradle the premature newborn moments after birth.

A video shows flight attendants helping deliver a premature baby as a woman gives birth during a flight from Bali to Los Angeles.

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

The newborn weighed 5.97kg at birth.

Barcroft Media An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

'I've had my baby early - it's 26 weeks'

Colleen Costante and Lucas after the early home birth.

AAP A mum who gave birth at 26 weeks at home was one of those giving thanks on Victoria's inaugural "Thank a Paramedic Day".

How I came to have an unassisted home birth

Raidah Shah Idil

RAIDAH SHAH IDIL Am I a home birth advocate? No. I am an advocate for women choosing the birth they want.

Couple shares beautiful photos of home birth


Melanie Mahoney In Brazil, more women are having caesareans - but one couple hopes to help change that with a new series of photos.

Baby's birth in car caught on police video

Dad and his new baby.

Staff writers It was not your average traffic stop, that's for sure.

Mum in labour carjacked on the way to hospital


LETITIA ROWLANDS There are many things an expecting couple can do in a bid to make sure their trip to hospital goes as smoothly as possible when the big day comes.

The miracle mum who lost nine litres of blood during childbirth

Staff writers A mother who almost died during the traumatic premature birth of her fifth child has been reunited with her baby girl just weeks after doctors feared she would not survive.

Baby born at New York's World Trade Centre

New York Port Authority police officer Brian McGraw who helped deliver baby Asenat at the World Trade Centre.

JOSHUA JAMERSON The first baby born at the new World Trade Centre was delivered yesterday on a concourse inside the $3.9 billion transportation hub.

Couple's million dollar bill for premmie baby born on holiday

'Only time will tell for sure, but things are looking positive': Kylie with premmie Phoenix.

LETITIA ROWLANDS An Australian couple could face a medical expenses of more than $1 million after their baby boy was born three months prematurely while they were holidaying in Hawaii.

Husband films mum giving birth in moving car on freeway

Speedy delivery: Lesia and Jon Pettijohn with Josiah.

LETITIA ROWLANDS An incredible birth video shows a mother delivering her own baby as her husband drives along a freeway in a vain attempt to reach hospital.

The tiny twins who were strong from the start

Twins Oscar and Sam were born by emergency caesarean section at 28+2 weeks gestation.

Ellen Arnold I cried when a specialist told me at exactly 28 weeks that our twin boys would have to be born within 48 hours.

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'


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


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


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?

morning baby

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


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


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


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.


How I really feel about my drug-free birth

new bub

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'


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

baby crying

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

Sharista Giles

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.


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

Baby Silas' birth was

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

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11-year-old delivers baby sister - then goes to school

Schoolgirl Caitlin Burke was the only person on hand to help deliver the newest member of the family when her mum went into labour at home.

Toddler blind in one eye after drone accident

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Parents seek biological child after embryo mix-up

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Samsung's fix slammed as 'deficient'

The "plastic bag and tape" fix applied to at least 63,300 faulty Samsung washing machines has been slammed by an expert as "deficient".

Dad orders surrogate mother to abort baby

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A love letter to my mother's group

We spread picnic blankets in the shade of the acacia trees and, while the babies fed or slept or lay gurgling, we talked - about poo.

10 mocktails for an alcohol free Christmas

Facing the holiday season with a bun in the oven can mean passing up some Christmas traditions. But whip up one of these delicious 'mocktails' and all you will be missing out on is a Christmas hangover.

When you can't let go of your 'baby stuff'

Do you still hold on to your 'baby stuff' even though you think your family's finished? Evelyn Lewin explores why we do this, and how to move on.

Woman faces abuse for not wanting children

A woman who admitted she did not want to have children was mercilessly bullied and forced to shut down her social media accounts as a result.

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

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