Dad orders surrogate mother to abort baby

Commercial surrogacy is legal in many US states.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A man who is paying a surrogate mother to carry his child has demanded the woman abort a baby, or face financial ruin, after learning she is pregnant with triplets.

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Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Kate Walsh in Grey's Anatomy.

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The baby whose father is his unborn uncle


LETITIA ROWLANDS A US man has learnt that his unborn twin brother is actually the biological father of his own baby son.

How a cancer survivor became a mum of two in two weeks

Elizabeth Edsall Kromm and her husband Jon with their daughters Amelia 'Millie' (left), and Caroline 'Linny'.

Janene Holzberg "We were both joyous, but also a little freaked out. It seemed so incredibly random. We were beyond dumbfounded."

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Scientists are hopeful of developing a birth control pill for men.

Karen Kaplan Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.

Obese men have fertility issues, too


AAP Obese men are much more likely to be infertile than their healthier counterparts.

Compensation claims for failed vasectomies rejected

Four women who attempted to sue doctors over failed vasectomies had their claims rejected.

Hamish McNeilly Four New Zealand women tried to claim compensation after becoming pregnant when their partners' vasectomies failed.

Endometriosis sufferer Mel Greig looks to surrogate to have baby

Mel Greig with former 2Day FM co-host, Michael Christian.

SARAH BERRY Former radio host hopes speaking out about condition will help people to discuss it and to seek help.

'I had a hysterectomy at 20'


Laura Thomas Now I know just how important it is for people to know that endometriosis does need to be talked about and stories need to be shared.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

'It's everything that I hoped for and a little bit more': the new mum, who is remaining anonymous, couldn't be happier.

LETITIA ROWLANDS In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

Twin makes sister's dream come true


Letitia Rowlands They say twins have a special bond, and that could not be more true for Dawn Ardolino Policastro and her sister Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker.

'Elderly' mums faring better than you might expect: top IVF doctor

Mum to be

JULIA MEDEW They are called elderly primiparae: women who fall pregnant for the first time over the age of 35.

What's your magic number? Scientists predict when you should start a family


AMY CORDEROY Scientists have calculated at exactly what age you need to start trying to get pregnant to have the best chance of realising your dream. 

Should fertility checks become the norm?


JO HARTLEY A new clinic claims to offer an expert one-stop fertility check. But is it really helpful?

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

New guidelines are being drafted in response to a shift in community sentiment regarding IVF.

HARRIET ALEXANDER Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby


EVELYN LEWIN After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.


iSperm: the iPad home fertility test for men

Pig farm owner Sam Wang demonstrates how to use an iSperm kit in Yunlin, central Taiwan.

Michael Gold A new gadget uses a tiny microscope and the camera on an iPad to calculate sperm count and motility.

Woman falls pregnant three times using 'permanent' birth control

Olivia won a court case after her Essure contraception device failed, leaving her with pregnancies and health issues.

HARRIET ALEXANDER A growing number of women want a controversial method of permanent birth control removed from the market.


Why one expert says young men need to freeze their sperm


JO HARTLEY We often read about women being advised to put their eggs on ice - but is it time men started the doing the same with their sperm?


One of the biggest controversies in reproductive medicine: natural killer cells


Clare Sibthorpe Leigh Travers endured a six-year long struggle of seven heartbreaking miscarriages and $25,000 in IVF treatment before the successful birth of daughter Ava.

Uterine fibroids and fertility: the facts


Brooke Tasovac Uterine fibroids can affect fertility, but with treatment it's possible to conceive and carry a baby.

Endometriosis can increase risks in pregnancy, study finds


Margaret Scheikowski It's long been known that women with endometriosis have difficulties getting pregnant.

Woman has baby from ovary tissue frozen as a teen

A piece of ovarian tissue in a petri dish.

AAP In a world first, a woman has given birth after surgeons implanted ovarian tissue that had been removed when she was a child.

Secondary infertility sucks too


Louise Wedgwood Having produced a child is no guarantee someone can do it twice. In fact, around 10 per cent of the mums you may know have been struggling to have another child for more than a year.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

Craig Berry and Andrea Donovan with their daughters Amelia and Harper.

Michelle Duff "I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why


Sian Roguski After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Twins' paternity case leads to very unexpected results


Benjamin Mueller A mother was applying for government assistance when she made the claim that one man was responsible for her twins. She was wrong.

Sofia Vergara speaks out over embryo custody battle with ex-boyfriend

Nick Loeb and Sofia Vergara at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2013.

Michael Thurston TV star Sofia Vergara has broken her silence about a legal battle with her ex-boyfriend over frozen embryos they conceived while still a couple, in a case raising thorny ethical questions.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A breakdown of the $5,000 figure paid to egg donors includes costs linked to consultations, counselling, transport to the hospital, time off work and follow-up visits.

Craig Butt, Health Reporter A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

The previous longest time recorded for sperm taken posthumously that produced a healthy baby was 30 hours.

AMY CORDEROY Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Single man Kyle Casson uses mother as pregnancy surrogate

Kyle Casson spoke about his battle to become a single father on UK television in 2012.

Cristina Odone A mother has helped her 24-year-old son become a father by being a surrogate for a baby conceived using her son's sperm and a donor egg.

Sperm donor fights for rights as father

Kerrie Hancox, George Deka and daughters Clare and Ella.

LETITIA ROWLANDS George Deka, Kerrie Hancox and their two daughters may seem like a conventional family of four. However their story is actually so modern that the nation's legal system is yet to catch up with them. 

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility


Roger Hart Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

'Rarest of rare cases': intersex woman has twins


An Indian woman who discovered she had mostly male chromosomes has given birth to healthy twins.

Coeliac disease may explain some fertility problems: study


Lisa Rapaport Coeliac disease may be at the root of some women's problems with infertility, researchers say.

Jaime King reveals her struggle to become a mum

Jaime King on the red carpet, and clowning around with son James at home.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Actress Jaime King has spoken candidly about her battle to become a mum, revealing she struggled to fall pregnant, suffered many losses, and was in constant pain.

How do surrogate mothers cope post-birth?

Years after the event, the majority of surrogates still felt very positive about the surrogacy.

Lisa Rapaport Surrogate mums don't appear to suffer lasting mental health difficulties as a result of giving away the babies they delivered.

Five contraceptives of the future


Shabnam Dastgheib A remote-controlled contraceptive chip, an "origami condom", an internal ring that can kill off HIV as well as prevent pregnancy.

Why a diagnosis of unexplained infertility isn't all bad news

Getting a diagnosis of unexplained fertility can be difficult and frustrating - but it's not all bad news.

JO HARTLEY Getting a diagnosis of unexplained fertility can be difficult and frustrating - but it's not all bad news.


Stop freaking out about having babies in your early 30s

Unsurprisingly, there is no magic age limit for pregnancy that applies to all women.

Jenna Healey Surprisingly little is known about the exact decline of fertility with age, as there is no magic age limit for pregnancy that applies to all women.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Vaselgel is a long-term contraceptive solution which can be reversed.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

An infertility issue that is little understood

PCOS is a common cause of infertility.

Jane E Brody Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one such condition.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

Natural selection: Jayne Cornwill with daughter Emmerson.

Jayne Cornwill This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

The mum who fell in love with her sperm donor


LETITIA ROWLANDS Not many couples can say they had a baby together before they even met, but that's the truth for Aminah Hart and her partner Scott Anderson.

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The family who'll have five babies under 14 months

Julie Grygla and her sons Abraham, Brady and Christian.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Julie Grygla wasn't sure she wanted to have children. Now the US woman and her husband Dave are set to become parents to five babies under the age of 14 months.

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Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

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Sarah Knapton Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

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JO HARTLEY Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

Woman sues after having a mixed-race baby


Meredith Rodriguez A US woman is suing a sperm bank after it sent her vials from African-American man, instead of the white donor she had selected.

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The Gardner quadruplets: a one in 70 million pregnancy


LETITIA ROWLANDS This couple received an extreme shock as they found out theirs was a one in 70 million conception.

The mums suing over unplanned babies

Who should be held responsible when sterilisation doesn't prevent unwanted pregnancies?

A mother-of-five who calls her two youngest sons "miracle babies" is just one of many mums seeking financial compensation for their children's unplanned conceptions.


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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.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

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

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

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