Kiran Chug The viral fake listing for #worldstoughestjob made motherhood sound like hell. It painted mothers as martyrs. It made us out to be super-human. It was wrong.
KIRAN CHUG I never thought I'd become a mum who lived in flats. I guess it's just another one of the surprises that motherhood brought my way, and one I'm more than happy to accept.
Julia Watson When I was a child, my mother took me to live in the home of a known child predator. I know first-hand that we have to speak out against sex abuse and end this "culture of shut up".
LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a different message to the one it sent in the 90s, but Chrissy Amphlett's iconic song is still urging women to touch themselves one year after the singer's death.
Sharon M. Smith At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark. I can try to quiet my mind, but it won’t shut up.
Sandra Jones If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. Next time you’re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.
MIKI PERKINS A special group of photographers take pictures of babies who have died, to provide a tangible keepsake for grief-stricken parents.
Danielle Colley If you'd decided you didn't want any more children, what would you do if you accidentally fell pregnant? Four women share their stories.
KIRAN CHUG I know news stories always attract a range of opinions, and I know they're a place for people to have an anonymous dig in. However, I also know that this mum bashing has to stop.
Lisa Almond Six months after our son turned one, we welcomed son number two into our lives. Yes, the small age gap had been planned - and there are things I love and hate about that small gap.
LIBBY HAKIM As the years roll by and life with a newborn become a distant memory, you almost have that pre-baby bounce back in your step. But for some mums, there’s something creeping up behind them: baby fever.
Interviews by Nicole Hasham Megan and Al Donnell were shattered to learn that both their young children suffer a fatal degenerative disease.
Angie Fox The divorce party trend is rapidly growing in Australia, with party planners now staging events that can be as elaborate as weddings.
Melanie Hearse Faux pregnancy announcements have long been a go-to April Fools joke. This year a meme popped up to deliver a lecture about the insensitivity of the prank - but opinion is divided on its validity.
Queensland health officials have issued a measles alert after an infectious person spent time in the Brisbane CBD.
MJ Angel Extramarital affairs and infidelity are devastating enough. But what happens when a child is born?
Erin M Marcus Many women have a condition they may not even be aware of: fibroids. They can affect a woman's ability to become pregnant and to carry a pregnancy to term.
Kellyanne Morrison After 14 years of infertility, Nicki and Tony finally became parents when Nicki's sister gave them a child. Less than a year later came a crushing blow - but Nicki's not giving up without a fight.
Evelyn Lewin Although Michelle had always suspected her pregnancy wasn’t normal, she wasn’t expecting to learn that she was experiencing a partial molar pregnancy.
JULIE POWER Now 30 years old, Krystal Barter has had both breasts, her Fallopian tubes and one ovary removed to escape her "family's cancer curse".
Donna Webeck "Won’t it be just like having only one child?" people asked, or worse: "Why even bother having another one at all?” But I've learnt there's a lot to love about having a large age gap between children.
KYLIE ORR With a nose full of mucous and a body full of aches, I called the three-year-old boss to inform her I was sick. Her incredible lack of compassion was simply offensive.
Julia Watson Fear gallops on one side of me, and sometimes his hooves are deafening. But on the other side, hope takes small but confident steps.
KATE FRIDKIS It's the question all new mothers dread. For Kate Fridkis, it's a question that strikes to the heart of what it is to be a woman.
Laura Jackel To suffer a miscarriage is an emotional and physical journey for any woman. There's the loss of hopes and dreams for that little person, the regret and guilt - but also the very real physical pain, too.
Shivani Gupta Make the world a better place - love yourself, says Shivani Gupta.
Emma Salkid 'Fitness Mom' Maria Kang has hit the news again, this time with an airbrushed image of herself showing off toned thighs and a flat stomach, along with slogans such as “limited sleep”, “no nanny” and “works 8hr+ days”.
Nick Ralston, Amy Corderoy, Inga Ting A Fairfax Media investigation coinciding with International Women's Day has found domestic violence is responsible for about two in five of all homicides and assaults in NSW.
Phoebe Holmes All around me, people use the word "retarded" without a second thought. But what does it mean to be retarded? Well, I know what it doesn’t mean.
I have to either submit to a procedure that I desperately don’t want or make my husband to have a baby he doesn’t want. The decision is the heaviest burden I have shouldered.
RACHEL CLUN She's one of Australia's most successful model exports and a mother of one - but is a video of Miranda Kerr stripping naked really going to help sell sneakers?
KATE FRIDKIS The biggest change I’ve experienced since becoming a parent is giving myself permission to let myself be changed.
In Australia, three women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day. But to catch it early, women must listen to their bodies.
JO HARTLEY Understanding depression is paramount – as is, of course, acceptance. And one thing we all need to keep in mind is that depression doesn’t discriminate.
A young couple had their dream wedding yesterday, knowing that their 'happily ever after' could be just a few weeks after a devastating cancer diagnosis.
EAMONN DUFF Among Charlotte Dawson's many acts of generosity was her campaign for cancer patients to receive life-saving peritonectomy surgery - including her former sister-in-law, Nicole Perko.
Heidi Stevens Left a widow with three kids under five, Catherine Tidd wrote a book for anyone who has grieved the loss of a cherished soul, and for anyone who has witnessed a loved one's grief.
MICHAELA FOX Being a mother is indisputably the best thing I’ve ever done but I rarely stop to enjoy it as such. Are these really the best years?
MATTY SILVER Being sleep deprived is a libido killer, and having a baby brings huge pressure to even the most stable and harmonious couples. After all, it’s not easy to go from a two-some to a three-some.
Rashida Tayabali It started with the usual signs of an impending birth, but a caesarean revealed something astounding: there was no baby. The woman had experienced a rare, yet not unheard of, phantom pregnancy.
AMBER ROBINSON A Brisbane mum of four has released intimate photos showing the realities of preventative breast cancer surgery.
KIRAN CHUG How will I foster a positive body image in my daughter if I still struggle with it myself - when I model healthy eating and exercise, but I'm also standing on the scales filled with dread every morning?
Paula Goodyer A new book looks at the huge emotional challenges that come after childbirth - and the help that's available to mums.
CATHERINE RODIE As parents, we all know that we have to accept a degree of sleep deprivation. But many mums still find themselves wide awake during the night, even when their kids are sleeping through.
LETITIA ROWLANDS An amazing case from the archives gives a glimpse into the fascinating ways the human body can work.
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MATTY SILVER Two of the most common questions I am asked by my clients are "How much sex is normal?" and "What is the average amount of sex that other couples are having?". These sound like simple questions, but there are no right answers.
Amy Molloy It's thought that between 3 and 9 per cent of women experience PMS symptoms so severe they can't get on with their daily lives. This is known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder - or "PMS on steroids".
LETITIA ROWLANDS Workplaces need to find new ways of fostering social support among employees in a bid to increase the wellbeing of single working mothers, researchers say.
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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