Motherhood is not the toughest job


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.

Coming to terms with my 'mummy uniform'

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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.

Sex abuse 'culture of shut up' has to go


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".

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'I Touch Myself': Chrissy's breast cancer legacy lives on

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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.


Life with anxiety


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.


Revealed: 7 ways food marketers try to trick consumers

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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.

Photographer's special mementoes for grieving families

Jane Poynter, the photographer who takes portraits of the babies in the 'reproductive loss' area at the Royal Womens Hospital.
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Photo by Jason South

MIKI PERKINS A special group of photographers take pictures of babies who have died, to provide a tangible keepsake for grief-stricken parents.

Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy

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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.

In defence of mums on the phone

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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.

Why I love the small age gap between my kids


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.

'Just one more': Adding to your family when you thought you were done


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.

Family's double blow of rare fatal syndrome

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Interviews by Nicole Hasham Megan and Al Donnell were shattered to learn that both their young children suffer a fatal degenerative disease.

Some divorce parties 'as elaborate as weddings'

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Angie Fox The divorce party trend is rapidly growing in Australia, with party planners now staging events that can be as elaborate as weddings.

Stillbirth, miscarriage and infertility is no April Fools' joke

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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.

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Measles alert for Brisbane CBD


Queensland health officials have issued a measles alert after an infectious person spent time in the Brisbane CBD.

When a child is born from an affair


MJ Angel Extramarital affairs and infidelity are devastating enough. But what happens when a child is born?

Effects of fibroids can be 'stunning'


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.

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A mum at last, Nicki's not giving up now

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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.


My 'pregnancy' was a tumour


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.

Mum of three chooses radical surgery as 'Australia's Angelina Jolie'

Pink Hope. Krystal Barter, who had an elective double Masectomy , with Maggie Abbott at the Shangri-La hotel.
Tuesday 25th March, 2014
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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".


Four things I love about a large age gap (and the one thing I loathe)


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.

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Mummy sick days? Dream on

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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.

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'The doctor would like to see you': The day time stopped for one mum

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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.

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What do you do all day?


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.

What a miscarriage feels like

GW: Laura Jackel portrait for a memoir she has written about suffering a miscarriage.  Pic Danielle Smith Wednesday 17th October 2013

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.

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Why you need to love yourself


Shivani Gupta Make the world a better place - love yourself, says Shivani Gupta.

Maria Kang is not your wake-up call

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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”.

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The women we failed

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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.


Stop using the 'R' word


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.

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The hardest decision to make at 40

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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.

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Miranda Kerr strips off for Reebok ad

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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?


Motherhood changes you, but that's okay


KATE FRIDKIS The biggest change I’ve experienced since becoming a parent is giving myself permission to let myself be changed.


The ovarian cancer symptoms to watch out for

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In Australia, three women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day. But to catch it early, women must listen to their bodies.

What to say (and what not to say) to someone with depression


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.

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Terminal cancer mum's wedding dream comes true

Vivian Fittall, Jack Waller

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.


'Charlotte Dawson's campaign saved my life'


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.


Confessions of a mediocre widow

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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.

Are these the best years of my life?


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?

Your sex life and your crying baby

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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.


The truth about phantom pregnancies


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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Diets, daughters and body image


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?


New book on overcoming the baby blues


Paula Goodyer A new book looks at the huge emotional challenges that come after childbirth - and the help that's available to mums.

Battling 'mum insomnia'

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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.

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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Ask the therapist

How much sex is normal?


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.


Is extreme premenstrual syndrome a mental disorder?


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".

How work impacts on women's health


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.

Relationship counselling is welfare, and it works


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.


Maintaining friendships once you've had a baby


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.



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Life with anxiety

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.

IVF leaves woman pregnant with another couple's twins

An Italian woman has been told the twins she is three months pregnant with are not hers.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn’t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

In my opinion, the first three months after the birth are the most intense. Here's what got me through that time after welcoming my baby.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

Choosing to be a solo parent

Two women share their stories of longing for a baby so much that they each decided not to wait for a partner before becoming a mum.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

New Kate Spade baby bag designs

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Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one’s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

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Although I’m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I’m dreading the goodbye. But I’m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.

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Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what’s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

Why I loved my third home water birth

After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

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