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.

Dad dies hours after holding son for first time

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Melanie Mahoney Josh Robison came down with flu-like symptoms in early December. A few weeks later, just hours after holding his newborn baby for the first time, he passed away.

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Male pill a step closer to reality

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An Australian scientist has made a discovery that could lead to a male contraceptive pill.

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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.

That's commitment

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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