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

Sara James

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


Mary Coustas: 'How having a baby changed me'

Mary Coustas

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

Emma McCloud

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.


Toni Collette's maternal instinct

Toni Collette photographed at the QT Hotel, Sydney. Collette's latest movie,

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

Cathy Freeman

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

Miranda Kerr

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

Leila McKinnon

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.


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

Minister Jenny Macklin

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

Tara Moss

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.


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

Danielle Spencer, Dancing with the Stars

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"

Sarah Hanson-Young and daughter

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


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

Sophie Smith

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

Mum in Profile: Candice Alley


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

Nikki Gemmell

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

Amber Dusick

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

Tracey Spicer

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

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Model mum Miranda Kerr back on the catwalk


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


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

Alex Fevola

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

Georgie Parker

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

Tina Harris

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


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


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


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

Sophie Falkiner's glamour mum guide

Sophie Falkiner

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

Witty woman


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


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

Mum in Profile: Jane Kennedy


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


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

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Mum in Profile: Jane Flemming


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


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


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

Noni Hazelhurst

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

Natalie Bloom

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


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

Kathy Lette

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

Amie Nilsson - CEO and Founder of Merino Kids

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


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

Fiona Scanlan


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


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

Antonia Kidman

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

Tara Dennis

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

Natasha Stott Despoja

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

George McEnroe

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

Natarsha Belling

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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Keep an eye on celebrity parents and their offspring with our photo gallery, updated regularly. For more recent pics, visit our latest celebrity parenting gallery.

Mum in Profile

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Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

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How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

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When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.


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