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Mums unite to get birth photographer's Instagram account reinstated

Melissa Jean Wilbraham is the photographer for the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, and runs her own photography business.

Staff writers 1:46pm A photographer whose unique images capture the beauty of childbirth and breastfeeding has had her Instagram account disabled after complaints about her pictures.

All volunteer work should qualify parents for childcare payments, providers say

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JUDITH IRELAND 7:12pm Volunteering for activities such Meals on Wheels and at school tuck shops should count as "work" that will qualify parents for childcare payments, major childcare providers say.

'Second class mums': fight over new privately run public hospital

Artist's impression of the new Northern Beaches Hospital, which is due to be completed by 2018.

AMY CORDEROY It's a tale of two deliveries. One surrounded by plush furnishings and freshly cooked meals, the other, by a lower standard of room fixtures and food.

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It's over for Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale in happier times last year.

Staff writers Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce, it has been confirmed.

Charlize Theron adopts baby girl

Charlize Theron is now a mum of two.

Staff writers A few months after splitting from Sean Penn, the actress Charlize Theron has adopted a baby girl.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shares painful truth behind wife's pregnancy

Mark Zuckerberg announced his wife

EMMA PARTRIDGE Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has shared a brutally honest truth about pregnancy in the hope it will help others through dark periods.  

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'It's not an old man's disease': mum-to-be shares life-saving message

Michelle on her wedding day in January 2014.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Michelle White is 29 weeks pregnant, but she will never complain about the aches, pains or discomfort that go along with carrying a baby.

We need to relieve our verbal constipation about poo

Bowel health is still a taboo subject for many Australians.

Paula Goodyer It's time to flush our toilet anxieties.

Telstra launches internet doctor service

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David Ramli Telstra has launched a new video- and phone-based medical service it hopes will help reduce the spread of infectious diseases by bringing healthcare into people's homes.

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Do we really need to apologise for babies on planes?

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Megan Blandford It's true that many passengers aren't happy to be sitting near a baby - but do we really need to pre-emptively soothe our neighbours?

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Tips for roadtripping with a baby

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Sue White Techniques that served me well as a baby-free traveller have been rendered useles - but here’s how you can make this season’s road trips smoother than your newborn’s skin.

Tips for flying with a baby

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Theresa Vargas Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

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What would your child do with $1 million?

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JODIE BENVENISTE Have you ever asked your child "If someone gave you $1 million today, what would you do with it?"

Abbott's childcare changes will 'reduce access and add complexity'

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MATT WADE The government's childcare assistance package threatens to confuse and intimidate many parents, experts say.

'Maternity paranoia' and why having a baby can still ruin your career

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Tanith Carey New research has found that women returning from maternity leave are more likely to face discrimination in the workplace today than they were a decade ago.

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Parenting in the Facebook age: should we rethink how we share?

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Stacey Steinberg 4:25pm When our children one day learn of the personal stories we've shared, will we find ourselves asking them for forgiveness?

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What ex-yellow Wiggle Sam did next

Former yellow Wiggle Sam Moran, pictured in 2007.

ELISSA BLAKE The usually chipper former Wiggle finds himself playing a gruff patriarch in the children's story of a magical nanny.

Video captures sweet surprise for grandparents

Baby Niall meets his grandmother Mary O'Regan for the first time.

It was a touching video that would strike a chord with the families of any ex-pat separated from the ones they love.

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Nutella doughnut milkshake, anyone?

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CALLAN BOYS 3:17pm For such a simple equation it's a wonder we haven't seen it at more cafes more often.

More children's pain medicines recalled

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Craig Butt, Health Reporter More generic pain relievers for young children have been recalled because the plastic bottle lids can splinter when opened

Family sleepovers: a tribute to my 1970s childhood

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KYLIE ORR My memories of those nights in my childhood are all about fun: sleepover excitement, staying up late, watching movies we probably weren't supposed to watch ... freedom.

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A dad's guide to hyperemesis

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Seamus Curtain-Magee I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

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Elahe Izadi Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

A single dad's survival mode

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Nick Holmes I became a single father when my son was two and a half. My first instinct was to go into survival mode.

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Chocolate drizzled nutella meringues

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The Kitchen Coquette Easy to make and even better to eat, your kids will love these nutella meringues.

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DIY guacamole

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Jill Dupleix Mexican restaurants now offer a guacamole service at your table, crushing the avocado in a traditional molcajete or mortar and mixing it with condiments just before you eat it. Here's a version for you to try at home. Set everything up at the table and get pounding for the freshest guac you've ever had.

Chocolate-coated fairy wands

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NICOLE AVERY These super simple chocolate coated fairy wands are perfect for a princess or fairy party and by changing the colours of the sprinkle they would easily work for a Harry Potter or Halloween party too. With only a few steps, this recipe is a perfect one to get the kids cooking in the kitchen.

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Abbott's childcare changes will 'reduce access and add complexity'

The government's childcare assistance package threatens to confuse and intimidate many parents, experts say.

Be careful what you wish for

Remember that chubby little baby who rocked on all fours? Remember how you wished he would start to crawl? Then remember how you felt once he did?

William Tyrrell's parents plead for information as anniversary looms

As the one-year anniversary of William Tyrrell's disappearance draws near, the missing four-year-old's parents have again pleaded with the public for information that could help bring their son home.

Family sleepovers: a tribute to my 1970s childhood

My memories of those nights in my childhood are all about fun: sleepover excitement, staying up late, watching movies we probably weren't supposed to watch ... freedom.

43 minutes of terror: family's agonising wait for ambulance for toddler

It was terrifying. As the minutes ticked by little Cooper Harrison's parents felt more and more frantic.

What not to say to a new mum

Some phrases just pop out before you really think about them, but there are some things you should try to not say to a new mum.

Mummydesking: the new hotdesking

It is a paradise that only working parents of small children can understand: a place to sit for three hours without any interruptions while someone looks after the kids.

Charlize Theron adopts baby girl

A few months after splitting from Sean Penn, the actress Charlize Theron has adopted a baby girl.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shares painful truth behind wife's pregnancy

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has shared a brutally honest truth about pregnancy in the hope it will help others through dark periods.  

Sugary drinks blamed for removal of toddlers' rotten teeth

Children as young as 18 months are having multiple rotten teeth pulled out as parents feed toddlers soft drinks through sipper bottles, and chocolate biscuits and Milo as bedtime treats.

Mum accidentally fake tans baby

Many of us have fallen foul of a bad fake tan or two, but this little guy's started a bit earlier than most.

Does this three-month-old say 'I love you'?

YouTube user Ted Moskalenko was filmed by his wife, Michelle, as his baby son, Ben, engaged in some baby chat.

Kids break out of daycare centre, cross busy highway

Two children broke out of an early childhood centre and wandered across a four-lane road.

Why I'm glad to be an indulgent granny

The phone calls started a couple of weeks ago. At about 5.30 each evening - if I am lucky - I will be greeted by a sweet, excited voice declaring: "'Allo Annie".

Newborn found in toilet at German airport

A newborn baby found abandoned and extremely ill in a bathroom in the Munich airport is doing well.

Is this the worst relationship advice ever published?

You sometimes have to wonder whether relationship/sex advice from magazines is designed to help or humiliate.

How you talk to your baby now can impact social skills later

People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Scientists predict when you should start a family

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

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When 'protecting' a child is really a cover for judgement

Why are people so concerned for this happy child and his mother?

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