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Miscarriage shouldn't be a dirty little secret

I miscarried days ago. Now it all feels surreal. Was I really ever pregnant? Did I just imagine our wonderful future as a happy family?

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A mother is angry after her toddler son went missing from his childcare centre, only to be returned by a good Samaritan who found the boy wandering near a busy road.

Will I love my second baby as much as my first?

In the final months of carrying my second daughter, I spent a considerable amount of time worrying that I wouldn?t be able to love her as much as I loved her big sister.

The baby names on the rise in 2014

We?re halfway through 2014, so it?s a good time to see which baby names are proving popular with parents this year ? and where they?re finding their inspiration.

I was addicted to pregnancy tests

In an age where we have access to a plethora of pregnancy tests that offer instant results, some women can't help but take tests early and often.

'Let Australians adopt our children': asylum seekers

Pregnant asylum seekers on Christmas Island begged to have their children adopted by Australians as they became anxious about their future, new reports have revealed.

The moment I knew our family was complete

It?s funny how in a few short years you can change from desperately hoping you conceive to desperately hoping you don?t.

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Researchers have placed free pregnancy tests in bar restrooms in an American state, hoping it will help raise awareness of foetal alcohol syndrome. Would it work here?

Parenting a crier

There are many reasons that babies cry, but there are certainly babies that cry more than others. They're the ones who let you know how they?re feeling by crying - a lot.

Buzz takes Elias to infinity and beyond

Elias Anderson was left disappointed after a lack of knowledge about disabled access meant he didn't get to see his hero when his mum took him to watch Disney on Ice. But now a private meeting has put a huge smile on the 11-year-old's face.

HECS-style loan suggested as alternative to paid parental leave

While Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme is looking unlikely, a prominent think tank has created an alternative suggestion.

Photos: Two dads meeting their newborn

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Introducing the million-dollar baby

Juke is only three weeks old, but he's joined a generation of children whose education costs could reach $1 million by the time they finish university.

The honour and heartbreak of rural midwifery

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The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

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.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

Your new motherhood manifesto

There?s an ocean of literature about all manner of things relating to parenthood, but there?s not a lot written about how to survive and thrive as a mother. Here are my tips.

Great gender reveal cakes

The idea is simple: get the ultrasound tech to write your baby's gender on card in a sealed envelope, then pass it on to your baker for them to create a cake with blue or pink icing inside. Then host a gender reveal party to cut the cake!

Second time lucky: conceiving naturally after IVF

One in three Australian women who have their first baby with the help of assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF, fall pregnant again without treatment within two years.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

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Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Help! My toddler is a head-banger

When he throws a tantrum, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. What should I do?

Disabled boy's Disney disappointment

A Melbourne mum is angry that her disabled son missed out on seeing his hero Buzz Lightyear because staff at HiSense Arena did not know the wheelchair accessible route to their seats - which had already been given away.

Get the kids in the kitchen with cool play food sets

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Friendships under pressure

Whether you're old pals or fairly new acquaintances, even the strongest of friendships can be put to the test once you have kids. It's possible to ride out the rocky days - if you're sure it's worth it.

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

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Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!


Holiday Fun

No time to be bored!

Lots of School Holiday ideas, activities, things to do, places to visit, classes to take.

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