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.
Heidi van Dort There's no bigger adjustment for a friendship than when one person enters a new stage of life without the other one - but being a parent doesn't have to mean losing all your old friends.
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.
Julia Watson Julia Watson's mother was never able to beat her demons ... and for years, Julia laid the blame squarely on her own shoulders. Then she had a child.
KYLIE ORR Like parenthood, grandparenthood is a precarious balance between involvement and interest, and recognising boundaries while encouraging independence. Here's what I plan to do - and not do - once it's my turn to be a grandparent.
AMBER ROBINSON Writer and broadcaster Chrissie Swan has launched her own women’s fashion range ‘The Chrissie Swan Avella collection' exclusively for Big W.
Peter Foley Elyssa Meynard hopes that by telling the heartbreaking story of her husband's suicide, she can spare others the painful journey she's been forced to make.
CATHERINE RODIE Do your shout at your kids when it all gets too much? Don't worry - you're not the only one. Here, other parents share their guilt, and an expert advises how you can try to stop.
Thuy Yau My mum and dad taught me what it means to be selfless. But now that I'm a parent myself, I've realised that it's okay to think about yourself sometimes, too.
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.
JO HARTLEY Becoming a parent makes you extremely appreciative for lots of things that perhaps you once took for granted.
John Bingham Who's happiest - couples with kids, or without? And what are the secrets to a strong marriage? A new study has has some surprising results.
N'tima Preusser I have dark pools under my eyes, and a valley where my belly button once was. But my body is full of life. My body is powerful. My body made me a mother.
Amy Parker is the '70s child of a health nut and wasn't vaccinated. After contracting a multitude of vaccine-preventable diseases she has chosen a different path for her own children, sharing her story on Parents Who Vax, a blog by Voices for Vaccines.
TARA DIVERSI Dietitian Tara Diversi shares some tips to help you break bad dietary habits, whether you've got a sweet tooth, or a love of cheese, soft drinks, salty foods or caffeine.
Maria Kyriacou Though it was a suitably grim time, cancer had gifted me with an insight into the fragility of life, and every minute with my children would now count. But my new philosophy wasn't without its challenges.
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?
Letitia Rowlands Everyone knows breast milk provides the best possible nutrition for a newborn baby, but some mums find breastfeeding difficult. Now a father is asking if the pressure to breastfeed at all costs contributed to his wife's mental health decline and suicide.
Michaela Fox It’s a familiar refrain: “Parenthood is life-changing”. And yet it’s impossible to fully comprehend the extent to which your life changes until you actually experience it for yourself.
Chris Owen and Melanie Mahoney You vowed to love each other for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. But no one said anything about piling on the kilos together.
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.
Lawyers for a 14-year old Argentine rape victim say they are appealing against a court decision to deny the girl an abortion.
Sally Heppleston We had a very happy Christmas Day in 2007, when we excitedly announced to our family we were pregnant. Then our baby was born stillborn and our lives changed forever.
Paula Stevenson A tiny girl, boy twins. Years pass but the pain remains, writes Paula Stevenson.
KERRI SACKVILLE Britney Spears told In Style magazine that she wants to have a baby so she doesn't feel so alone in the world.
KASEY EDWARDS A new book reveals all the common gender traps that parents fall into - despite their best intentions.
Andrew G. Marshall While our culture becomes more sexualised than ever before, we're less likely actually to be having sex, and we're certainly not talking about it - even to professionals like myself. I call it the silent epidemic.
BEN WESTCOTT Diagnosed with global development delay, Lani-Diane Juric was told she would never drive, go to uni, or be independent. But her mum was determined her life wouldn't turn out that way.
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