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.

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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.

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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.

Jacqueline Lunn

February 2008 Jacqueline Lunn has been a journalist for 15 years on publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and marie claire, and a mother for nearly eight. She has three daughters, a new puppy and a husband who needs a shed but, due to space restrictions, will never get one.

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How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

In a bizarre bid for relevancy, Former Opposition leader Mark Latham has deduced that because one female journalist had this week light-heartedly thanked antidepressants and caffeine for getting her through a medical degree while raising two small children, that ergo, all 'inner-city feminists' are selfish harridans who despise their offspring.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

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

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

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia’s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

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

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.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

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When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

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Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

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I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

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There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

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10 ways to soothe a crying baby

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