Cosima Marriner is a Sun-Herald senior writer
Cosima Marriner We speak to mothers in their 20s, 30s and 40s to find out the answer.
Cosima Marriner Jodi McMahon yearned for a daughter. The feeling intensified with each of her seven boy pregnancies, but it was never about princess dresses over footy socks.
Cosima Marriner Adopting children from other countries comes with its own joys and challenges, and getting to know the culture of your child's native country is part of life for many adoptive families.
Cosima Marriner Instead of making it easier for Australians to adopt overseas, more should be done to prevent international adoption, a federal government adviser says.
Cosima Marriner Single women in their late 30s are increasingly giving up waiting for "Mr Right", instead turning to IVF to have a baby alone.
Cosima Marriner Parents should be able to choose the sex of any babies after their first child to ''gender balance'' their family, says a leading Australian obstetrician.