Drew Barrymore: "You're dealt the cards that you're dealt"

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In this exclusive interview, we talk to Drew Barrymore about motherhood, marriage and her new film project with Adam Sandler.

Sara James: fighting for my daughter

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Sara James was a high-profile New York journalist, but it was her own daughter's story which raised the most questions.

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Mary Coustas: 'How having a baby changed me'

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LETITIA ROWLANDS After a decade long battle with infertility, much-loved Australian comedian Mary Coustas is now loving life as a new mum.

From tragedy to triumph: one mum's story of strength

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When Emma McLeod's daughter was stillborn, her world was shattered. But the grieving mum found the strength to stay positive, now she wants to share what she has learnt with others facing adversity.

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Toni Collette's maternal instinct

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GILES HARDIE Toni Collette on why she prizes playing so many raw, complex 'women with kids'.

Mum in profile: Liz Ellis

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Liz Ellis is one of Australia’s highest profile athletes, and one of the most successful netball players in the history of the sport. She's also mum to Evelyn, 20 months.

Mum in profile: Cathy Freeman

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JO CASAMENTO From Olympic athlete to wife and mother, golden girl Cathy Freeman says raising toddler Ruby is the hardest thing she has ever done. But motherhood beats winning gold medals any day.

Mum in profile: Julie Goodwin

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We spoke to Julie Goodwin about life with her three teenage sons, motherhood, and how her career has affected her family life after winning the 2009 MasterChef title.

Mum in profile: Miranda Kerr

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KATE WATERHOUSE Miranda Kerr - model, business owner, Kids Helpline ambassador, and busy mum of one - talks about life with her husband, turning 30, and raising her son Flynn.

Leila McKinnon on being a new mum

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Kate Waterhouse Weekend Today co-host Leila McKinnon is on maternity leave after giving birth eight weeks ago to her first child, Edmund, already known as Ted.

PARENTS IN POLITICS

Meet Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

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Essential Baby has teamed up with Our Say to give Australian the chance to speak directly with the Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin. Find out more about this politican and mother of three.

A mother's fierceness

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Tara Moss, as told to Daisy Dumas Some say that motherhood comes with a softening edge, but author Tara Moss discovered a new-found "fierceness" once she became a mum herself.

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Tiffany Bakker Motherhood, therapy and a solid marriage have smoothed away some (but thankfully not all) of pop singer Pink's edge.

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Tanya Plibersek: Cool, calm, elected

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Anne Summers Anne Summers on the rise and rise of the newly elected deputy Labor leader.

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Mum in profile: Danielle Spencer

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Christine Sams Danielle Spencer is a mum to two boys and married to a movie star, but says she's dancing her way to success just for herself.

Sarah Hanson-Young: "I'm no supermum"

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Amber Robinson In the first in a series of interviews with Australian politicians who happen to be parents, we chat to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young of the Greens about representation, motherhood, what her party is doing to help young families, and what her wish-list entails.

Mum in Profile: Rebecca Judd

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We chat to Rebecca Judd: model, TV personality and parent to six month old Oscar, her son with AFL star Chris Judd.

Mum in Profile: Sophie Smith

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Sophie runs marathons to help premature babies after three babies of her own. Read her remarkable story.

Mum in Profile: Candice Alley

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Mother of twins and wife to swimming legend Grant Hackett, Candice Alley talks to us about the issue of stress and anxiety, motherhood and natural ways to keep mums and bubs happy and healthy.

Love after motherhood

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Karen Hardy Writer and mother-of-four Nikki Gemmell first attracted attention with The Bride Stripped Bare, now she's done it again with another look at ''the vexed issue of sexuality', in her latest book, With My Body.

Mum's 'crappy' blog a surprise success story

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Amber Robinson She's an artist whose decidedly lo-fi blog has captured thousands of international fans in five short months. Meet Amber Dusick from Parenting. Illustrated With Crappy Pictures™.

Mum in Profile: Karen Martini

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Karen Martini is an award winning Chef, Restaurateur, Writer, and Television host and a mother of two.

Mum in profile: Jessica Rowe

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Melina Cruickshank Jessica Rowe discusses her new book: Love, Wisdom, Motherhood, which features conversations with prominent Australian mums.

Mum in Profile: Tracey Spicer

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Tracey Spicer is a mother of two, a journalist and media commentator.

Mum in Profile: Annabel Crabb

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Melina Cruickshank Annabel Crabb is a mother of two under four, Walkley award winning Annabel is one of Australia’s most respected media commentators and is currently the ABC Online's chief political writer and a regular presenter on THE DRUM.

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Model mum Miranda Kerr back on the catwalk

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Sarah McInerney Miranda Kerr has returned to work two months after giving birth to son Flynn, walking the runway at Paris Fashion Week.

Mum in Profile: Myleene Klass

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Joseph Kelly Myleene Klass has been a successful pop singer, released her pregnancy diary, her own range of baby clothes and was runner up in the UK's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Myleene is now in Australia co-hosting ABC3's Escape From Scorpion Island.

Mum in Profile: Alex Fevola

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Natalie Godward Alex Fevola, 33, is a a mum of three and in-demand photographer. Her latest challenge sees her fighting for the top tiara on Dancing With the Stars.

Mum in Profile: Hayley Lewis

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Amber Robinson Hayley Lewis is one busy mum. Well known for her Olympic swimming career, Hayley now hosts The Biggest Loser and owns and runs The Hayley Lewis Swim School. She lives in Queensland with her husband Greg and their two sons Jacob and Kai.

Georgie Parker - actor, performer and mother

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Emma McDonald Georgie Parker is one of Australia's best known and loved actors. A wife, mother and talented singer, Georgie is also a regular presenter on Play School and was nominated at the 2009 Aria's for Best Children's Album.

Mum in Profile: Tina Harris

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Amber Robinson Mother, teacher and performer Tina Harris is talks to Essential Baby about combining motherhood with work as a children's musician.

Mum in Profile: Chrissie Swan

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Amber Robinson Media personality and mum Chrissie Swan was Australia's first female Big Brother runner-up. This year Chrissie has bought her intriguing sense of humour to two new projects, co-hosting The Circle on Channel 10 and acting as a Red Nose Day ambassador.

You can have it all, just not all at once

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LINDA MORRIS Juanita Phillips thought she could juggle the perfect life; career, kids, beautiful house; but, as she reveals in her new book, something had to give.

The power of mum

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Jennifer Lopez's priorities have changed since having children but her ambition hasn't.

Sophie Falkiner's glamour mum guide

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Stefanie Menezes Australia's yummiest mummy, Sophie Falkiner, offers her top tips to staying stylish in motherhood.

Witty woman

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Donna Walker-Mitchell Hollwood's reigning queen of comedy may be more glamorous these days but give Tina Fey the messy life of a mum any day.

Mother of reinvention

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Donna Walker-Mitchell Maggie Gyllenhaal on juggling her family, love and acting.

Mum in Profile: Jane Kennedy

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Melina Cruickshank Jane Kennedy, actress, comedian, radio presenter, TV producer and director chats with EB about motherhood, work and food.

Mum in Profile: Georgie Gardner

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Melina Cruickshank Georgie Gardner, News Presenter chats with EB about motherhood, work and 'me time'.

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Mum in Profile: Jane Flemming

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Melina Cruickshank Former Olympian and mum to twins Jane Flemming talks to Essential Baby about juggling motherhood later in life.

Mum in Profile: Neena Mairata

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Melina Cruickshank Neena Mairata began presenting World News Australia bulletins in 2008. A highly experienced journalist, having worked as anchor, reporter, producer and assignment editor, she chats to Essential Baby about managing motherhood and work.

Mum in profile: Symantha Perkins

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Melina Cruickshank Essential Baby chats to journalist, charity ambassador and TV personality Symantha Perkins about her busy role as a Mum of three.

Noni Hazlehurst, mum of 2

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Melina Cruickshank Noni Hazlehurst chats with Essential Baby about the daily juggle of being a working mother and what her sons have taught her about herself.

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Natalie Bloom - mother, businesswoman

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Melina Cruickshank Natalie Bloom who took her hobby into a global business chats with Essential Baby about the challenges of being a working mother and how making an effort to get ‘me time’ makes her a better mother.

Collette Dinnigan – mother and designer

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Melina Cruickshank Collette Dinnigan is one of Australia’s most successful fashion designers. A working mother, Collette took the time to chat with Essential Baby about how motherhood has taught her to slow down.

Mum in Profile

Kathy Lette

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Kathy Lette who shot to fame in her teens with the publication of Puberty Blues, chats to Essential Baby about the difference in her childhood (barbies, beaches and surfers) to her own children's (art galleries and theatre) and how motherhood inspires her writing.

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Amie Nilsson - CEO and Mum

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Amie Nilsson - CEO and Founder of Merino Kids chats to Melina Cruickshank about time zones, lack of sleep, and her mission to inspire positive change.

Tanya Plibersek

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Hon Tanya Plibersek MP speaks to Essential Baby about managing a high profile and demanding role alongside the demands of family life.

Fiona Scanlan

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Melina Cruickshank Fiona Scanlan is a woman many still think of as one in a tiny, elite handful of intuitive and gifted Australian designers. After her second child George was born, Fiona left the high end women’s fashion world and founded the gorgeous clothing label ‘Big by Fiona Scanlan’.

Rachael Beck

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Anni Taylor How does Rachael Beck juggle an impressive career as singer, actor, dancer and entertainer, with a toddler and baby on the way? She says work preparation these days is a bit ‘fly-by-night’!

Antonia Kidman

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Anni Taylor Mother of four young children, Foxtel presenter Antonia Kidman says of motherhood, "initially the lack of spontaneity was probably a bit of a shock, but it was replaced by so many other joyful moments."

Michelle Obama - more than 'mum-in-chief'

Michelle Obama set to be Mum-in-Chief

Patrick Baert/AFP Elegant, passionate, a strong career woman and a devoted mum, Michelle Obama has already become a role model with an army of fans as she prepares to become the nation's first lady.

Tara Dennis

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Anni Taylor Tara began working on television behind the scenes researching and coordinating decorating and design stories for the Nine Network of Australia. Her first on-air role was as one of the original CHANGING ROOMS designers in 1998.

Natasha Stott Despoja

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Natasha Stott Despoja is a South Australian Senator and the youngest woman enter Australian Federal Parliament. Mum to Conrad, her portfolio includes Foreign Affairs, Attorney-General’s, Higher Education, Science and Biotechnology, Republic and Status of Women.

George McEncroe

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Anni Taylor George McEncroe is a radio host, writer and stand up comedian. Each morning she entertains Melbourne with the Breakfast Show 'Two Women & a Metro'.

Anita Bell

Anni Taylor Anita Bell is best known as Australia's favourite debt busting mum. Anita purchased her first property aged only 16 and paid off four properties completely by the age of 29. Her phenomenally successful finance series consists of Your Mortgage, Your Money, Your Investment Property, Your Kids Money, Your Success in 5 years or less, and Your Retirement.

Natarsha Belling

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Anni Taylor Natarsha Belling, Network Ten’s news presenter, talks to EB about being an ambassador for breast cancer research, her work/family struggles and her bub on the way!

Katie Noonan

August 2007 Katie Noonan is the voice of alternative darlings george. Her sweet vocals have made her one of the most recognisable voices of our generation. Find out how she balances music and motherhood.

Melissa Doyle

Melissa Doyle is one of Australia's most popular television presenters. Melissa is best known for her roles on Sunrise, Where Are They Now, and she also hosts The Zoo on the Seven Network in Australia.

Karen Miles

March 2008 Karen is the bestselling author of ‘Career Advice you wish your mum had told you’, speaker, trainer, media commentator, journalist and mother. Karen Miles is passionate about the impact of motherhood on women's identity and career.

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An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

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.

'I'm happy to know I'm changing lives': surrogate mum of two

I know that once the baby is born, I will focus on the gift I have given, and watch the parents with their new child. I can't wait for that day.

Birth trauma and the issue of informed consent

There is a perception that women should just be happy they have a healthy baby in their arms. But for women who experienced birth trauma, there's a lot more to it.

Tips for managing pollen allergies and hayfever

They're simple tips, but they can have a big impact on those who suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies.

Ada Nicodemou shares tribute to her stillborn baby

Just over one month since Ada Nicodemou and her husband lost their second son, the Home and Away star has shared a touching poem for her baby.

Mum causes stir breastfeeding on train

“To the woman breastfeeding her kid on the train. Seriously! On the train?" began the letter of complaint.

10 things they don’t tell you about being pregnant

As I slowly waddle my ever-changing pregnant body towards the finishing line of my due date, it’s becoming increasingly clear there are a lot of things they just don’t tell you about pregnancy.

Overcoming a fear of the dark

A toddler's fear of the dark is very normal, but there are ways parents can help children through this stage in their development.

Kids, TV and movies: how young is too young?

It seems you don't have to throw the TV and iPad out the window - it all boils down to moderation, supervision and interaction.

Video: Baby's first birthday is a special day for mum, too

“A baby’s first birthday is also mum’s first birthday.”

The day Supernanny came to tea

Prince William's favourite celebrity child trainer Jo Frost puts Bryony Gordon and her toddler through their paces.

Tales from the homefront

When you're at work you sort of assume that your house is basically just sitting there quietly doing nothing until you return. However, since spending my days at home, I've learned this couldn't be further from the truth.

The words I hated hearing as new mum

It was less than a week after my son was born that I first heard it - from my mother.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I’m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

The question this dad wishes he'd asked his wife

I should have seen that my wife wasn't the same person I'd fallen in love with, but we were both too focused on simply trying to get by.

Why we should talk about the deaths of the Hunt children

The deaths are too horrible even to think about. Yet we owe it to the children - Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe Hunt - to think long and hard about it all.

Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children’s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

Creative DIY light shades

The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

The battle of iParenting versus imagination

Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years – using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside – will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

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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.

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