Birth

Motherhood

A better way of giving birth

Sandy Smith What Aussie mums can learn from traditional childbirth practices.

Fact v fiction

Birth control: myths and misconceptions

Contraceptive pill, contraception.

Dr Deborah Bateson How contraception affects fertility, weight and your risk of cancer.

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Birth of the bump

What to expect when you're expecting

Dvora Meyers The tabloid obsession with baby bumps conveniently fuses our fascination with women’s appearances with our preoccupation with their reproductive functions.

Oldest new mother gives birth at 63

A 63-year-old Dutch woman has given birth, becoming the oldest-ever new mother in the Netherlands, the hospital and news reports say.

Enter the dragons: why birth rate will soar

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Glenda Kwek Once every 12 years, something very big happens to China's birth rate ... about 2700 more babies are born every day.

How times have changed

Would you pop a placenta pill?

Sandy Smith Repulsive no-no or healthy supplement? The debate is a long way from being settled.

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Teens and sex

When can teenagers have a partner sleep over?

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Matty Silver Talking about sex with teenagers is something most parents find difficult; the teenage years are tough on both teens and parents.

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The secret to a long life

World's oldest person celebrates her 116th birthday: 'Eat and sleep and you will live a long time'

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Julian Ryall Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman born in 1898, shares her recipe for longevity: eating lots of sushi and sleeping eight hours a night.

Your mate has married an idiot. Now what?

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Rebecca Holman How to keep your mouth shut and play nice while your friend works out she’s shacked up with a total drip.

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New research

Study finds same-sex parenting is not harmful for children

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Cosima Marriner Children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well in their education, emotional and social development as those raised by heterosexual parents, new research shows.

Knowing your place

Knowing your place

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Thea O'connor It's 10 years since parenting educator Michael Grose wrote When First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It.

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'I don’t need a penis to feel like a dude'

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Annabel Ross Meet Buck Angel: trans man, adult film star and LGBT icon.

Your pregnancy, or theirs?

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Melissa Shedden A barrage of conflicting advice about do's and don'ts during pregnancy awaits women.

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Male fertility test

Welcome to a woman's world

Sperm and egg in a still from the IMAX film The Human Body.

Victoria Lambert The new DIY male fertility test will mark a shift in the way we talk about a growing problem for men.

'Move-a-body' friends

Would your friends move a body for you?

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Jill Stark According to researcher Brené Brown, if you have one 'move a body' friend in your life, you're lucky

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When the black dog bites

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Depression is personal. No two cases are the same and not all treatments suit everyone.

Too much?

Womb tubing - the latest trend in oversharing?

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Sandy Smith In the era of "is nothing private any more?" thousands of women are revealing their pregnancy test results live on camera and posting the videos on YouTube even before they have told their husbands,...

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Safe sex

Why are some of us still embarrassed to buy condoms?

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Matty Silver Buying condoms means that you want sex and many aren't comfortable showing it, when in our modern society it really should be as easy as buying toothpaste.

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Opening up

Let's talk about therapy: celebs in counselling

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Winnie Salamon I don't know about you, but the idea of sitting in a quiet room talking about myself to a sympathetic stranger whose sole focus is me sounds like a pretty good time.

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Buried memory

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A tragic school shooting prompted recollections of a disturbing incident.