Born too early: Shea and Tainn's story

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Jannette Cass-Dunbar In Australia, around 57 babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks) each day. EB member Jannette tells her story about her twin sons, who were born at 24 weeks.

'I could not be more proud of her': A mum's story of life with a child with ASD

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Erin Law Essential Baby member Erin Law is a mum of three. Her daughter Bailey has autism, and Erin has Asperger's Syndrome herself. A year after her diagnosis, and on World Autism Awareness Day, she shares her story.

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Feature member story: Emma and Big Dog Rescue

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As told to Nic Salinas Essential Baby member Emma Bigwood always loved dogs - and now she's making a difference by helping save the lives of many canines. She shares her story.

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Because of you: what we've learnt from our daughter with Down syndrome

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Julia Watson As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we share a story from EB member Julia Watson, who has a daughter with Down syndrome. She recalls the ways her little girl has changed their family for the better ...

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Even though I've never met you, I couldn't do it without you

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Jane McKay Jane McKay signed up to the Essential Baby forum when pregnant with her first baby - but she didn't expect to make enduring friendships that would carry her through the highs and lows of motherhood.

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Feature member story: a gift for Chloe

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Nic Salinas Per gram, the infusions Chloe receives are worth more than gold, but for her and her family, the contents are truly priceless. Her mum shares why the gift of blood donation has given the family - and Chloe - a new life.

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Feature member story: My son's type 1 diabetes diagnosis

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Nic Salinas Kristy Watts is mum to a 14-year-old boy and lives in Adelaide, SA. This is the story of how her son was diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease type 1 diabetes.

James' brave battle

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Gail Clark In February of this year our entire world crumbled down around us. My beautiful, healthy, strong five and a half year old son James was about to start the hardest fight of his life. He had just been diagnosed with liver cancer.

Feature member story: Feeding Aurora

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Nic Salinas Diagnosed with Noonan's Syndrome, Aurora Valentine Cunningham was sent to this Earth for only a very short time. Now, during World Breastfeeding Week, Aurora's mother Martina Kerr shares the battle she fought to ensure Aurora received her nourishing breastmilk, despite many obstacles.

Feature member story: Sophie's new liver

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Nic Salinas My name is Jo and I am Sophie’s Mum. Thanks to the life-saving gift she received, from the grieving parents of a child, we have our daughter back.

Our determined little Rose

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Michelle Irvine Not many people know that babies can have strokes, even unborn babies.

What to expect when you are no longer expecting

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Jayne D'Arcy After my recent miscarriage, I felt that very little has been written about it - which is amazing as it's happening all the time.

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Don't pity me because my child has Down syndrome

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Julia Watson Julia talks about the joy her children give her and dealing with Down syndrome and the last thing she ever wants is pity.

Feature member story: Surviving suicide

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Nic Salinas I always thought when I wrote my story; it would be my journey through fertility problems and recurrent miscarriage, not one of losing a family member to suicide.

A touch of hope

After being told having a baby would be near impossible for me - falling naturally at 40 years old was a miracle and a dream come true.

Leearne Hynes After being told having a baby would be near impossible for me - falling naturally at 40 years old was a miracle and a dream come true.

Confessions of an Oprah fraud

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Essential Baby member Kat was an Oprah fraud, bemused she won the ticket lottery and unsure what all the fuss was about. But then she went to the show...

Gift of mobility for Bryce

Long-term EB member Lorraine Daley and her family had their wish granted this week - a wheel-chair friendly car to enable their terminally-ill son Bryce to leave the house and join on family excursions.

Feature member: Auskick family

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Amber Robinson What is it like to be an Auskick family? EB member Jacqui Snelgar, whose son Matt has competed in three seasons of the AFL skills program.

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Juliana's Triplets

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Here is the collection of blogs from Juliana Fridman. She has documented her journey of falling pregnant, finding out they were expecting triplets. The trials of carrying a multiple pregnancy, and now the birth and after effects of emergency c-section & health difficulties of Juliana and one of her precious triplets.

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Being a ballet mum

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Deanne Duncombe EB member, Deanne's daughter, Erin wanted to be Angelina Ballerina. In her new pristine uniform Erin looked beautiful as I dropped her off for her first lesson. Not permitted to watch, I left her with complete strangers who belonged to a world unknown to us.

Losing my wife, my babies, my dreams...

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Nicole Salinas EB member Bernie lost his wife and unborn twin babies due to medical complications. Here he shares his tragic story.

Cooper's story

Essential Baby member Bronwyn with son Cooper.

Nicole Salinas When Cooper came into our world it changed everything. It turned our world upside down, it changed us, it changed our family. It was nothing we had expected, and nothing that we knew.

Mortgage free in four years

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Nicole Salinas I clearly recall the day we decided to pay off our mortgage. My husband and I were sitting in the computer room with a cup of coffee and we were looking up the weather as we had decided to go to the snow for a day trip.

In nature's hands

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Nicole Salinas I was 28 and expecting my second child. All was well with the pregnancy and we were very excited to be adding to our family. So we were shocked when at our 20 week scan they found a mass so large it was displacing our baby's heart.

Twins times two

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Nicole Salinas My name is Sam. I have four children under four. And, I have a confession to make. I’d love just ONE more. Essential Baby member Sam shares her story of life with two sets of twins.

Feature member: Costello syndrome

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Nicole Salinas Nicola suffers from a very rare genetic condition called Costello Syndrome. She is the 14th person to ever be diagnosed in Australia, and there are less than 300 people in the entire world that have the same condition.

Paige: Extra chromosome, extra special

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Nicole Salinas At my first obstetrician appointment, my doctor explained about the NT (nuchal translucency) scan and blood test and told me that I could have this test to see what my risk was for having a child with Down syndrome.

My large family: Love multiplies

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Anni Taylor The washing is stacked higher than superman flies, and nappy-changing has been in operation for the past 18 years. Laura shares the realities and many joys of having a family of 11.

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Our large families: EB members share

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With seven, eight and 10 children under their respective wings, Essential Baby members Leanne, Susan and Tanya offer an insight into their large families.

Feature member: Violet's story

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Nicole Salinas Violet was born full term and it was devastating to hear after she was born, that she had been born with health problems.

Beating the odds - our premature arrival

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Nicole Salinas My husband Nathan and I started trying for our first baby in 2001. After 6 months and a lot of questions from me, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

A son’s gift

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Peter Dubiez Expecting a baby is such a precious gift and my wife, Kylie, and I were awaiting our first. Ultrasounds provide a unique opportunity for dads. For a dad, an ultrasound is our first bonding experience.

Genetic Factor Infertility: Our story

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Kirrily I had spent almost all my adult life to date falling pregnant, or getting over a pregnancy (as if it were an illness). Yet our home and hearts were still waiting to expand to let in just one special child.

Same-sex parenting: Our story

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Nicole Salinas Everyone’s definition of a “normal” family is different. We believe that children in general are very accepting and it’s the parent’s views that influence how other children will treat our son.

Karen's story

Adam in recovery at Westmead Childrens' Hospital.

Nicole Salinas "My 15-year-old son, Adam, has been in Westmead Childrens' Hospital since February 24 after being involved in an accident which left him with burns to 60% of his body. We were told it was very bad and to go home and pray.”

A beautiful but broken heart

Ky and Mark and their children Daniel and Bella.

Nicole Salinas Scratch just below the surface and you will find a family who is grieving the loss of three children.

Ghania's blog

The accident

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Ghania Dib I was in a state of complete shock. But even then, with the world spinning crazily and darkness threatening to engulf me, I knew that I had managed to do the most important thing - ensure both the safety of myself and that of my child.

Homeschooling: Our story

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Nicole Salinas We took our seven-year-old son out of school at the end of third term last year after seeing him becoming increasingly unhappy at school and his behaviour disruptive and uninvolved. EB member and Mum Cindy shares her experience of home-schooling.

My VBAC Story

Anne Anne shares the experience of her traumatic first birth and her successful attempt at a vaginal birth after caesar (VBAC) to deliver her second child.

Liz's VBA2C story

Liz My third child was born after a successful vaginal birth after two caesars (VBA2C) - drug and intervention free at the local public hospital.

Angela's VBAC story

Angela I was just so happy and so proud of myself, not just for having a VBAC but for being able to be in control of my birth experience.

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My baby was born with no thumbs

Baby Sienna was born with no thumbs.

Katherine Moffett I always dreamed of having two children. A boy and a girl. Perfect, a pigeon pair as some may say. I married the love of my life. We welcomed our first child into the world in 2005, our beautiful son Kobe and our second child Sienna, a little girl in 2008.

My two sons' anaphylaxis

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Nicole Salinas My two gorgeous sons have a life threatening type of allergy called anaphylaxis. It's a very severe form of allergic reaction that must be treated as a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.

Schooling through Steiner

Choosing Steiner Education

Nicole Salinas In two years, my bouncy child had become withdrawn, clingy and competitive. She started comparing herself to others—a strategy common in schools focused on producing academic achievers.

A motherless Mothers' Day

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Ghania Dib It wasn’t until I became a mother that I really understood the significance of mother’s day. Unfortunately, that mother’s day – my first – turned out to be mum’s last. And it breaks my heart to know that I didn’t get to share it with her.

The greatest of hurdles: Sophie Smith shares her story

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Tracey Spicer, One2OneConversations Sophie Smith is a person whose story any person can relate to. Sophie faced the greatest of hurdles, loss and tragedy, yet her defiance, her courage; her practicality in each and every circumstance provides us all hope.

Post-natal depression: an interview with Katie Brown

Tracey Spicer, One2OneConversations Katie Brown is a journalist, yoga teacher, infant massage practitioner and mother of three. Her tumultuous journey through work, motherhood and post natal depression has become a book, aptly titled “Mother Me”.

Asperger's - through adult eyes

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Nicole Salinas Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, each individual a different ‘colour’ in the spectrum. Essential Baby member, mother and wife Cherry shares her experience.

It's three for me

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Ghania Dib As a mother of young children, I am frequently asked by friends, relatives and even strangers if I will have another child. I was often asked the question after I had just had my first child, shortly after having my second child and again, shortly after having my third.

Diagnosing Dion

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Nicole Salinas Dion was a surprise package from day one. I thought that I was having another girl but out came a beautiful little boy with red hair.

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Toddler attacked at gym creche

Two-year-old girl Eva Ness was left with a black eye and bite marks on her face and body after an altercation with an older child at a health club's child-minding facilities. Now her parents are calling for the centre to be closed.

Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

Most parents know their child's carseat is not always squeaky clean, but they might not realise just how dirty it really is.

Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years.

Nine months in six seconds: new parents' Vine clip a hit

We’ve seen some memorable time-lapse pregnancy and birth announcement videos before. Now one new couple has taken it to the extreme, capturing it all in just a six-second Vine video.

Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Celebrity mum-to-be Sonia Kruger has spoken candidly about using donor eggs and IVF to fall pregnant at age 48.

Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old

When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: “I don’t want to look beautiful.” And now I've worked out why.

Special nappies made with love for angel babies

Angel Baby Nappies make and provide tiny bereavement cloth nappies for pre-term stillborn babies and premature babies who pass away in the NICU.

Inside the brain of a tantruming toddler

What's going on in your child's mind in the lead-up to a tantrum? And what’s the best way to respond?

5 secrets to a long-lasting relationship

When it comes to keeping your relationship strong, it’s what you do - and not what you want - that really matters.

When 'furbabies' meet real babies

I am obsessed with my dogs, and can't imagine loving them any less once my baby arrives. But that doesn't stop everyone from telling me I will.

The least popular baby names of 2013

Looking for a baby name that’s nowhere near the top 10 – or even the top 1000? Try the bottom five.

'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

There are no laws regulating driving while tired, but statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll.

Why are there so few sexy maternity bras?

Rather than feeling ashamed of their post-baby bodies, women should be free to buy lingerie that makes them look attractive and pretty - no matter what stage of life they're in.

Toddler Alliyah one step closer to first trip home

She has lived the first 14 months of her life in a hospital intensive care unit, but Alliyah Broadby's parents hope to finally take their little girl home with them.

'Put people before IVF profits': IVF pioneer Alan Trounson

IVF could be done for hundreds of dollars in Australia instead of $8500 if clinics stopped charging what ''the market will handle'', a pioneer of the technology says.

Expectant parents urged to swap the pub for bub

Nearly one in five women drink while pregnant, but a current campaign is trying to drive down that unhealthy statistic.

Nutella supplies threatened by bad weather

There's bad news for fans of Nutella, the gooey, chocolatey hazelnut spread.

The cost of growing your own vegies

Does it make financial sense to grow your own veggies, or are you better off ordering produce from the local food co-op?

Breastfeeding mums less likely to suffer from PND, but all need support

A new study has shown the a complex relationship between a mother’s intention to breastfeed, her ability to do so, and postnatal depression.

The #loveyourlines Instagram account taking on body issues

A new Instagram account, LoveYourLines, has put the call out for to change the way we view stretch marks.

Mum gets diploma 51 years after being thrown out of school over pregnancy

Sandra Lantz was about six months pregnant and four months from graduation when she was forced to leave high school. Now, more than half a century later, she has finally graduated.

The lowdown on male midwives

How would you feel about having a male midwife assist your baby's birth? For a growing number of mums, the idea is a reality - and the experts all agree that it's something that should be encouraged.

Bomb threat at daycare centre

Worried parents took to social media yesterday after their children's daycare was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

Unusual celebrity baby names

Celebrities love to use their imaginations when it comes to naming their kids! Here's a gallery of some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

5 fears I've overcome since becoming a mum

Motherhood has a way of putting any phobias you had pre-parenthood into perspective: you either realise they’re a pointless waste of energy or they simply vanish in a sleep-deprived haze.

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Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

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.

Video: When adults act like children

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Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

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Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

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