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When a smack goes too far: Qld politician caught on video

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The footage lasts less than a minute, but what is shown in that short amount of time is shocking, sickening and heartbreaking all at once.

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The moment a blind mum got to see her newborn son

Kathy Beitz seeing her son for the first time.

LETITIA ROWLANDS For most mums-to-be it is what they spend the nine months of pregnancy dreaming about - the moment they will get to see their newborn baby for the first time.

Baby teeth in thief's haul: do you know Garth?

Garth's baby teeth could be the key to the case.

LETITIA ROWLANDS In August 1995 the parents of a little boy named Garth saved his baby teeth, dutifully taped them to a piece of paper and labelled them with their son's name and the date they fell out. 

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North West stars in her first music video

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Kanye West's latest video, starring his two-year-old daughter North, might make your heart melt.

Lara Bingle 'six months pregnant', magazines report

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JENNA CLARKE Baby Bingle could overshadow Baby Cambridge II.

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First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

Mum 'n' bub: Sonia Kruger cuddles her daughter, Maggie.

JENNA CLARKE "She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

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Five reasons to hug more

Hugging feels great and and is good for us.

Aileen Nakhle Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Helping shed those Christmas kilos

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Denise Mooney A slew of meal delivery businesses wants to help you slim down after the silly season.

5 ways to beat sleep deprivation (without getting any more sleep)

Louise Wedgwood There's no failsafe way to get 8 hours sleep (sorry) and no substitute. But here are five things other busy mums do to feel more rested.

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The good, the bad and the ugly of a beach holiday with kids

Idealistic visions of beach holidays are soon brought crashing onto the shores of reality when kids are involved.

KYLIE ORR Idealistic visions of beach holidays are soon brought crashing onto the shores of reality when kids are involved

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

Reece's early birth in another country has made her a million dollar baby.

Anita Li A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

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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.

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Getting creative to cut childcare costs

What can families do to beat the childcare blues? For some, the answer is to get creative.

PINKY MCKAY What can families do to beat the childcare budget blues? For some, the answer is to get creative.

Proposed $20 Medicare fee axed

Government cuts to medicare rebates could unnecessarily drive patients in to emergency departments, or make them forgo treatment

Joanna Heath Health minister Sussan Ley has used her first press conference in the role to announce the government will dump planned cuts to GP fees for visits under 10 minutes.

New $20 GP fee: health charge changes explained

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JULIA MEDEW Why are patients facing a new $20 charge for visiting their GP?

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'Mummy wars' clip strikes a chord

A still from the 'Welcome to the Sisterhood of Motherhood' video.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A hilarious new ad shows the so-called 'mummy wars' being played out among a group of parents gathered at a local park.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

LETITIA ROWLANDS When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

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Sharing the secrets of midwives

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When Sally Hepworth was pregnant with her second baby her husband would often come home to the sounds of a woman screaming her way through the final stages of labour.

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Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

Bianca Wordley with her daughters.

BIANCA WORDLEY I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

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22 handy hints for better living at home

PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Get those Legos nice and fresh.

It's time to wash those Legos (and 21 other tips for better living in 2015).

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

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Liam Hyslop One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

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Is there sex after baby-making sex?

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Armin Brott I'm an expectant father, and my sex life has completely disappeared. Are we EVER going to have sex again?

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16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

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Melanie Mahoney Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

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Shereen Lehman Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

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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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Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

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First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

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