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Toilet miscarriage among complaints in Human Rights Report

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Primrose Riordan and Natasha Boddy The annual report from the ACT Human Rights commission reveals complaints about health services are on the rise.

Parents reunited with baby snatched from hospital

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Katie Kenny A mother whose newborn baby was snatched from hospital has spoken of her joy and relief at getting her daughter back.

Mum saves stranger's baby by smashing car windshield

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Melanie Mahoney A woman is being hailed a hero after breaking a car windshield to get to a baby locked inside a hot vehicle in Texas on Monday.

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Betting heats up over royal baby name

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Bets are flooding in for the name of the new royal baby, but a source close to the Palace claims it has already been named.

Chelsea Clinton shows off baby Charlotte

Family photo: Chelsea Clinton with her husband Marc Mezvinsky and baby Charlotte.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton finally have the titles they have long wanted: Grandpa and Grandma.

'I've been to hell and back': Nicole Kidman

AAP Nicole Kidman says she went "to hell and back" before meeting her husband Keith Urban, and has revealed the couple filmed the birth of their first daughter.

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Aussie parents the best at saying 'no'

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Children ask for something once every three minutes while shopping, but new research shows Australian mums and dads are better at saying no than parents in the USA.

Mixed pain and joy on a motherless Mother's Day

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Every Mother's Day, as friends express their appreciation and love for their own mothers, I'm acutely aware of the void that was left in my life when my own mum passed away.

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The truth about phantom pregnancies

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Rashida Tayabali It started with the usual signs of an impending birth, but a caesarean revealed something astounding: there was no baby. The woman had experienced a rare, yet not unheard of, phantom pregnancy.

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Kid-friendly fun in Bali

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Sam Gribben People thought we were crazy attempting a holiday in Seminyak, Bali, with three kids under five. As it turns out, they were all wrong.

Should kids get discounted flight fares?

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JANE E FRASER In a recent survey, more than 77 per cent of people said children’s flight fares should be cheaper than adults’. And even though I'm a parent, I disagree.

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Air travel with an infant

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Michael Gebicki What is the safest way to fly with an infant? While children under two generally travel free sitting on a parent’s lap is not the safest option.

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'A woman's IQ halves when she's pregnant,' boss told pregnant worker

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Hannah Low A former state manager of a wealth management firm claims she was sexually harassed and bullied to stand down from her job after taking time off to have children.

An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

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NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON We face financial ruin, but most of us don’t realise it. If we don’t act together to salvage our superannuation, I have no doubt the new GFC will be the Girls’ Financial Crisis.

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One of the most important things a new mum can do

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VICTORIA BIRCH Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women’s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

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Mummy-and-me dressing: cool or kitsch?

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Elizabeth Clarke Does dressing like your children make you haute or not? And, more importantly, are we all enjoying ourselves?

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Video: Dad sings 'Hallelujah' to his daughter every year

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Melanie Mahoney It's a gorgeous song to begin with, but this dad's version of Hallelujah, sung for his young daughter, is especially touching.

Video: Love from a mum with Alzheimer's

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Get the tissues out, folks - this mama and daughter moment is made of pure joy, with a big old sprinkling of heartbreak.

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The truth behind the bread wars

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Sue Mitchell The Australian bread market is worth around $4 billion a year - and a new price cut means it's war between the major labels and independent bakers.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

There are lots of hidden storage spaces to be found in the nursery.

LIVIA GAMBLE Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

Are we 'oversharenting' our children?

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Jennifer Morton Many modern parents are creating a digital footprint for their children before their little ones can even speak, but are they going too far, too soon?

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That's my boy: a dad's diary from 5 to 8 months

Bruce Williams This diary is dedicated to my wife (my boy gets quite enough already).

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

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Bruce Williams Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

Man who created ice bucket challenge a new dad

Kari Paul The 29-year-old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood.

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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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How to tell if your child has a speech or language problem

 Left untreated, children who start school with speech and language difficulties face an increased risk of reading and writing difficulties, more bullying, poorer peer relationships and less enjoyment of school. So, what should parents expect of children at different ages?

Finding your tribe as a new mum

How was my renegade mother's group different from my first? They were my kind of people. My tribe.

Following your child's emotional roadmap

Psychologist Angharad Candlin will guide parents through their child's emotional development during her seminar at the Essential Baby and Toddler Show in Sydney this weekend.

Delivery room surprises: when gender predictions are wrong

Out of all the questions asked of mums-to-be, “Do you know what you're having?” would be right up there in popularity. Sometimes,

The fertility battle we don't talk about

“You’re nowhere near menopausal,” my doctor cheerily informed me, and my heart sank. I don’t want to live with worry about pregnancy anymore.

'My morning sickness was so bad I'm not having any more kids'

“All the horrible stuff was totally worth it to have my son. But there is absolutely no way I could go through it all again.”

The 'no children' wedding invite

It was the wedding of one of my oldest and dearest friends, and she had invited me to be her bridesmaid. It was quite an honour. But there was one problem.

Baby Dylan recovering well after spending five days alone

 For up to five days he lay alone after his mother died of a suspected drug overdose, but eight-month-old Dylan Micallef has made an incredible recovery.

Win a $200 Pumpkin Patch voucher

Fill out this quick survey and tell us in 25 words or less your best pregnancy or parenting tip - you'll go in the draw to win a $200 Pumpkin Patch voucher.

The mystery of William Tyrell, little boy lost

The question remains: How does a little boy simply vanish without a trace?

Woman fights off robber, then gives birth

A thief in the US got more than he bargained for when he try to rob a woman who was nine months pregnant because he figured she would be an easy target.

Video: Two-year-old tells mum off for laughing at her

This little girl is not happy that her mum started laughing during her performance - so she tells her exactly how she feels about it.

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Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else’s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby’s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend – me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum – I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women’s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

Does this baby say 'I love you'?

She's only 10 weeks old, but this baby is already dividing people around the world.

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.)

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