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.

Mixed pain and joy on a motherless Mother's Day

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Every Mother's Day, as friends express their appreciation and love for their own mothers, I'm acutely aware of the void that was left in my life when my own mum passed away.

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The truth about phantom pregnancies

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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.

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.

Dear NICU mum

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Bess Gairns Today it feels like this will never be over. It feels like every day for the rest of your life will be spent in this room. But one day it will all feel like it happened a thousand years ago to someone else.

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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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'He's my cousin and I love him'

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Kirstie Fisher Lyle and Kirstie are first cousins - and they're in love, and have happy and healthy children together. Kirstie shares their family's story.

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Halloween Grinch hands out obesity letters to trick-or-treaters

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MELANIE MAHONEY An American woman has spoken out about her plan to give out letters, instead of lollies, to children she deemed to be overweight at Halloween.

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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.

Premature birth: don't do it alone

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Josefa Pete Premature birth is the number one killer of newborns in Australia. One group is doing what it can to support those who go though it, and their annual walk brings parents of prems together.

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.

'I'm pregnant and I have cancer'

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Simon Day Elouise Hemming is 25 weeks pregnant with a baby girl she's already named Ava. Six weeks ago she discovered she had cancer. She is just 24.

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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.

The problem with reporting on medical stories

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AMBER ROBINSON As an editor, I’ll continue to publish research findings which I believe will educate our readers - without scaremongering or sensationalising the news. But It's important to not blame researchers for giving us answers we don’t want to hear.

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Parenting with postnatal depression

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MANDY LEE The parenting books don't tell you how to cope with postnatal depression (PND). And now, with a preschooler and a baby, I'm finding it hard to cope.

City mums more likely to get postnatal depression

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Anne Harding Women who live in large urban areas are more likely to develop postnatal depression than their country-living peers, new research shows.

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

Ana Dojkovski with her 1 day old son Jake at Sunshine Hospital.

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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