Mum bedridden for two years after drinking tainted soy milk

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Melissa Iaria The makers of Bonsoy have agreed to compensate victims in a record $25 million class action settlement over soy milk which contained dangerous iodine levels.

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Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

LETITIA ROWLANDS When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

The benefits of reheating pasta

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SARAH BERRY Doctors have found that has found that reheating pasta makes it healthier than the original meal.

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Aussie parents the best at saying 'no'

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Children ask for something once every three minutes while shopping, but new research shows Australian mums and dads are better at saying no than parents in the USA.

Beth Whaanga's post-mastectomy photos go viral

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AMBER ROBINSON A Brisbane mum of four has released intimate photos showing the realities of preventative breast cancer surgery.

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When your unborn twin is your children's mother

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LETITIA ROWLANDS An amazing case from the archives gives a glimpse into the fascinating ways the human body can work.

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Relationship counselling is welfare, and it works

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JENNA PRICE Let's not reject relationship counselling just because it's a suggestion of this government: someone can give you a hand at understanding how to deal with conflict, how to deal with money, how to make compromises.

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Having a 'bonus baby'

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Jennifer Morton They're sometimes referred to as ‘the bonus baby’ – the baby that arrives well after you thought you would never have another child. Sometimes they're well thought out, and sometimes they're not.

Why 'outsourcing' parenting is the new village

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Kasey Edwards It may take a village to raise a child, but it wasn’t until I searched the Huggies box for instructions on how to put on a nappy that a horrifying realistion dawned on me: the village had packed up its motor home and left long ago.

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'Won't an only be lonely?' and other comments a mum of one doesn’t need to hear

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JO HARTLEY I can quite confidently say that I’m happy to continue my journey on the path to Destination Single Child. So why is it that other people find that idea so hard to accept?

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Who are the anti-abortion campaigners?

Anti-Abortion protestors chant out the front of the Fertility Control Clinic, 118 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.

Meg Watson Who are the pro-lifers who give their free time to protesting abortion, and why do they do it? Meg Watson spent some time with pro-life advocates to get their side of the story.

Gender neutral parenting: new book reveals our secret prejudices

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KASEY EDWARDS A new book reveals all the common gender traps that parents fall into - despite their best intentions.

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Aussie thalidomide victims to share payout

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Nick Toscano and Mark Russell The multinational owner of the company that distributed controversial drug thalidomide in Australia has agreed to pay $89 million in a settlement with Australian and New Zealand claimants.

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Video: Groom's pregnant mistress attacks bride at wedding

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What happens when a heavily pregnant mistress storms a wedding reception? Not even the bride is safe.

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Let's not ruin our chances with antibiotics

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Ian Musgrave Antibiotics have changed our lives more profoundly than almost any other medical intervention outside of vaccination. And we can't mess this up.

Therapy helps mums of kids with autism

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Andrew M. Seaman Soon after children are diagnosed with autism, their parents may benefit from learning problem-solving skills to cope with the challenges to come, researchers say.

Mastering the 'mum date'

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KATE FRIDKIS Becoming a mother and finding new 'mummy friends' can sometimes feel like learning how to date all over again.

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Syndrome X: Woman dies at 20, but was still like a toddler

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A woman who suffered from a rare genetic condition that prevented her from ageing has died, having never developed beyond the size of a toddler.

Why a dirty weekend can do wonders

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SHELLY HORTON Just like you take your car in for a tune up, your relationship needs attention to keep it running smoothly - and a dirty weekend is a great relationship pick-me-up.

The three of us

SUNDAY LIFE, October 6th 2013. The Three of Us. Erin O'Dwyer with her baby twins Ambrose and Clancy.

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Life threw Erin O'Dwyer an unimaginable curve ball when she found herself facing single parenthood with twin boys.

Being a single parent

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Julie Roulston The first years of single parenting were intense, but also special in their own right. Here's what I learnt along the way.

Study: The withdrawal method and pregnancy

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Veronica Hackethal Researchers have found that the pull-out method, also known as withdrawal or coitus interruptus, is linked to higher rates of uninterrupted pregnancy.

New York and mother guilt

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AMITY DRY A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in New York city made for a tough decision for Amity Dry.

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My mother-in-law drives me crazy

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ELLY TAYLOR Counsellor Elly Taylor gives advice to a new mum who doesn't agree with the way her mother-in-law does things.

Why we shouldn't judge struggling parents

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Scott Beveridge When we have children we just have to wing it and cope as best we can, hopefully with the support of a strong family network, says a dad of two.

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What I've gained since becoming a mum

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Michaela Fox Amongst the myriad sacrifices of motherhood, my transition to motherhood was very positive. I now have three daughters and I have gained far more than I have lost.

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Why we need palliative care for babies

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Dominic Wilkinson In Australia, there are around 1200 infants who die every year before their first birthday. So why are there no palliative care services available to these babies or support for their families?

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What do you really want for your kids?

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JODIE BENVENISTE It seems there are seven main things parents want for their children. So what do you want for your little ones?

Facebook parenting group slams door on haters

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Julie Power Vicious cyber bullying by mothers towards other mothers has prompted the managers of one of the largest Facebook communities for parents to tell the mama trolls to shut up or get off.

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When the pill fails

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Amanda Mascarelli Getting to the bottom of why the pill failed me - not once, but twice - has felt about as scientific as voodoo.

I shared a due date with Kate

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Sarah Barr The Duchess of Cambridge and I revealed our pregnancy news together, grew together, glowed together. But five months in, my journey took a different path.

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Why I give blood instead of flowers

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SHELLY HORTON When I give blood it’s for two of the most important women in my life, but I know it helps so many more.

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Why I don't want to be a MILF

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KATE FRIDKIS I have a sort of weird goal for new motherhood: I want to let myself go.

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Stay-at-home motherhood and boredom

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AMBER ROBINSON Being at home with small children is exhausting and tedious, and after a while you forget how to talk to grown-ups. So why do we find it so hard to admit that it's not all cookies and sunshine?

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Pelvic organ prolapse: the facts

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BROOKE LUMSDEN One in four women will have one or more of the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, with urinary incontinence the most common sign. Here are the symptoms and treatments of this common condition.

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In memory of Adam

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MELANIE MAHONEY Bec Keleher's son was just a month old when he died of SIDS. In the years that have passed, she has helped raise more than $20,000 for SIDS and Kids in the hopes of stopping others from going through what she experienced.

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Why so many women have bad sleep

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MJ Angel Insomnia is more of an issue for adult women than anyone else. Here's why, and what you can try to do about it.

Birth boom leads to surge in Victoria's population

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Tim Colebatch Victorian mothers delivered a record crop of babies in 2012, combining with a resurgence of overseas migration to lift the state's population growth to almost 100,000 a year, the Bureau of Statistics reports.

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Is there a right way to abandon a baby?

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Liv Hambrett Baby hatches are a controversial answer to a problem no country wants to have. Should Australia introduce them?

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Helping a friend with depression or anxiety

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SHELLY HORTON You probably know a friend or loved one who is suffering from depression or anxiety, but do you know how to help those in need?

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Myths and realities of domestic violence

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AMY GRAY The brutal treatment of Nigella Lawson by her wealthy husband has shattered a few myths we hold about intimate partner violence.

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Longings of a MOB

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Rebecca Martin Gender disappointment has nothing to do with the fierce love for the children you have, says a mum of boys (MOB) – instead, it’s about missing what you don't have.

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Questions arise over Abbott's plans for abortion

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LESLIE CANNOLD Assurances that Abbott would not tamper with abortion laws are simply not specific enough. So what would change if he makes it into power?

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Warning on NSW mumps outbreak

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Staff writers NSW Health has warned of a current outbreak of mumps across the state, urging members of the public to check their vaccination status.

Losing (then refinding) my 'me'

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Jo Hartley Somewhere along the journey, someone removed my ‘me’ identity and replaced it with ‘mum’. Here's what I've learnt about finding my 'me' again.

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Shower tragedy shows need for postnatal help

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RANIA SPOONER The tragic case of two young boys who died while their mother was only metres away has highlighted the need for ongoing awareness of postnatal depression.

Loss leads to light for others

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Lisa Machin Losing her baby was one of the hardest things Tammy Skinner has gone through. Now she wants to provide support for others going through the same experience.

How motherhood made me a better person

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Thuy Yau As her children have grown, Thuy Yua has also grown as a person - and she wouldn't have it any other way.

How parenthood changed my friendships

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Becoming a mum changed Kiran Chug's friendships. She made new friends and reconnected with old pals, but also realised the kind of friend she wanted to be.

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Life with a chronic illness

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Carly Findlay People have asked me if I blame my parents for passing on the genetic illness ichthyosis. Of course I don't - and I’m continually thankful to them. Here is our story.

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A woman who admitted to dumping her newborn baby down a Sydney drain has reportedly been allowed to give him a name.

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It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.

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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.

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.

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