Dads-to-be celebrating with 'dadchelor' parties

Party games and snacks often revolve around the theme of fertilisation.

Nara Schoenberg Long the domain of women, the single-sex baby shower is increasingly being embraced by men.

One in 10 dads suffer from postnatal depression

Report: There is a growing realisation that post-natal depression is an issue for men, too.

MIKI PERKINS One in 10 new fathers suffers from postnatal depression, new research shows.

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.

Why I'm a role model my generation didn't have

I've never had a toddler question whether I was qualified to interact with them.

Bob Wright I've never had a toddler question whether I was qualified to interact with them. They accept me for who I am: a parent who cares about his son and the kids he interacts with.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

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LETITIA ROWLANDS She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

This is Australia's Mr Average

Image of man: How does Mr Average Australia compare to other countries?

SARAH BERRY Think of a quintessential Aussie bloke and Hugh Jackman or Russell Crowe might come to mind. But they are not your average Aussie men.

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Community mourns inspiring young dad

Jared Noel and his daughter Elise.

A young dad who fought a five-year battle with cancer has been remembered for his inspiring legacy at a funeral service attended by hundreds of family and friends this week.

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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.

Father's Day gift ideas 2014

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Babyology have some great gift ideas for Father's Day - there are also some creative DIY presents the kids can make. Source: babyology.com.au.

Dad-to-be poses for pregnancy photo shoot

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"My wife didn't want to take maternity pictures, so I hired a photographer and took her place," Redditor DruishPrincess69 wrote when he shared these photos online. The 'manternity' shoot has since gone viral, and has been shared thousands of times all over the world.

Dad-to-be Ryan Gosling memes

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With a baby on the way for Ryan Gosling and his wife Eva Mendes, we thought it was only necessary to see just how good of a dad Ryan could be - juggling his wife and baby.

What they don't tell dads-to-be about the big day

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Neil Lyndon Only one in 20 fathers now avoid being in the delivery room when their baby is being born. The rest, I guarantee, are desperately telling themselves to be brave and wondering where to look.

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Life as a widower dad

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Benjamin Brooks-Dutton Just after 8pm I was a happily married 33-year-old father. By 9.17pm I was a widower in shock, a solo dad to a toddler.

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11 survival tips for first-time dads

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Brian Koerber One of the scariest moments in any man's life is the impending reality that you're going to be a father.

The sweet antidote to the 'bumbling dad' ad stereotype

Ashleigh Gleeson Sick of seeing dads portrayed as bumbling, clueless fools on TV? So were the creators of this ad campaign, which aims to acknowledge the caring moments of fatherhood that often go overlooked.

New dads just as likely to suffer from postnatal depression

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Kathy Evans While one in 10 mums suffer from postnatal depression (PND), new research shows that men are equally prone to the illness.

Photos capture the emotions of new fathers

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Keith Perry A new book shows the entire gamut of emotions experienced by brand new fathers - ranging from petrified to ecstatic - in a poignant set of images.

From penis amputation to fatherhood

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Vivian Ho After a botched circumcision as a child, Mike Moore was left without a penis. Years later, and after meeting the right surgeon, he was able to become a dad - naturally.

Stay-at-home dad tries, fails to crowdfund a salary

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Kasey Edwards Imagine launching a crowdfunding campaign to ask strangers to pay you an income for parenting. That was one dad's grand plan - but it didn't go quite as planned.

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To my girls on their first birthday

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You don’t know is how the past year has affected me as a person. You don’t know how I’ve changed, and how my perspectives have been completely displaced and realigned. This is comforting to me – I want you to know me for who I am now.

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The rise of the vasectomy party

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CATHERINE RODIE Although it could seem like a strange thing to celebrate, more men are choosing to celebrate having vasectomies with a party.

Dad's funny parenting Post-Its

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Chris Illuminati, a stay-at-home dad to a four-year-old boy and nine-month-old girl, writes about parenthood and family life on his blog, Message With A Bottle. Here are some of the Post-It parenting musings he's shared that have struck a chord with mums and dads around the world.

A great dad, but not a super hero

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AMBER ROBINSON If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between the roles mothers and fathers play in the family home, this photo – or the public’s reaction to it – illustrated it entirely.

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Couvade syndrome: when dads have pregnancy pains too

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Libby Hakim Insomnia, nausea, tiredness and indigestion. While they’re not the most wonderful part of pregnancy, they usually don’t come as a surprise – unless it’s the dad-to-be who’s the one suffering.

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Dad retakes photos with his daughter in mum's memory

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To pay tribute to his late wife, who died of cancer a few years after getting married and having a child, a father and his young daughter posed for a series of photos that reflect on their lives without her. (All images: Melanie Tracey Pace)

Dad and daughter's loving tribute in mum's memory

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To pay tribute to his late wife, who died of cancer a few years after marrying and having a child, a father and his young daughter posed for a series of photos that reflect on their lives with and without her.

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How I taught my infant to use a toilet

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'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

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Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

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