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Pregnancy sends surrogate mum's MS into remission

Sherri and her granddaughter Myla James.

Staff writers When Sherri Dickson made the decision to become a surrogate, she thought she would be helping to mend her daughter's broken heart.

Meditation for fertility: one woman's story

Can meditation help a woman trying to conceive?

Melody McCabe When a couple is desperate to become parents but are faced with disappointment month after month, anything which might help them is welcome. But can meditation really assist with fertility?

'Egg yolk' treatment ends mum's miscarriage heartbreak

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Lorraine Donakey thought she might never become a mum after six miscarriages. But after undergoing a new treatment which involves the use of a substance containing egg yolk, she now has a healthy baby girl.

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Can acupuncture boost fertility?

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Paula Goodyer Acupuncture has a mysterious but positive influence on a range of hormonal problems, including polycystic ovary syndrome and the hot flushes of menopause.

Two mums, one dad and a baby

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Surrogacy has been a sleeper issue, but it's about to wake up, writes Brian Robins.

Surrogacy bill gives parents more rights

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Brian Robins - State Politics Parents of children born through surrogacy would be given full legal recognition for the first time, under a bill introduced in Parliament last night. Couples would also be able to enter into surrogacy arrangements abroad.

Complex surrogacy laws to be untangled

Joel Gibson After years of legal confusion, couples who use a surrogate mother in NSW will be able to get legal recognition of their status as parents in state courts.

Indian IVF bill may stop gay couple surrogacy

Matt Wade IN DELHI and Conrad Walters A growing number of male couples from Australia and other Western countries are hiring surrogates in India to bear children, but that might no longer be possible if a draft bill to regulate IVF in India becomes law.

Natural selection

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Paula Goodyer With IVF offering a monthly pregnancy rate that is two to three times higher than nature, it will always appeal to couples in the stressed-out 21st century. But achieving a pregnancy can be a bit like painting a wall, It's all in the preparation.

Solitary confinement

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Laura Graham Before we begin, I should alert you that this story ends with a baby. It ends with the very baby who, deemed an impossibility, started my family on a journey that began with slammed doors and cold shoulders and without any notion that there would be a pay-off for all of the tears at the end.

Grow your own sperm - a little lab will do you

Deborah Smith The possibility of men - and women - growing their own sperm in the laboratory has moved closer, with scientists creating human sperm from embryonic stem cells for the first time.

How 'social egg-freezing' is putting motherhood on ice

Liz Porter Women in their 30s are trying to outsmart the biological clock by freezing their eggs, writes Liz Porter.

Does it matter where babies come from?

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Sharon Gray Like most two-month-old babies, Luke sleeps a lot, waking only to blink at the world and feed. He does not yet know that according to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, he is the first Australian baby to be born of an Indian surrogate mother.

Takeaway baby boom

Matt Wade Surrogate mothers and egg donors are a burgeoning business in India, writes Matt Wade in New Delhi.

Parents-to-be turn to India

Parents turn to India for surrogate mothers

Kate Benson Eager parents-to-be are turning to India in pursuit of their dream, but proposed regulations could crack down on the practice, writes Kate Benson.

Fertile ground

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Allison Tait For many couples, a donor egg provides a last chance in their effort to conceive a child. Here, a multiple egg donor and a woman desperate for a baby reveal what egg donation means to them.

Could you donate your eggs?

Egg donation the gift of life

Allison Tait Donating an egg to another woman is a complex emotional and legal process that few are willing to tackle. What motivates women to pursue being an egg donor?

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Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

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Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

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How not to name twins

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Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

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Baby and bulldog born on the same day are best friends

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Breastfeeding basics for beginners

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Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

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Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

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3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

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