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Pregnant

Home birth: Stop the stigma

OPINION: Public discourse about childbirth inevitably reduces to polarised rhetoric. Caricatures are drawn of 'too posh to push' or 'whale-music hippies.

MIss a, awatea

Nobody puts baby in the corner

Miss A is not shy about telling us what she wants from life and she's determined to get it.

HOUSEWORK

The 10 minute declutter

Want to get your house organised but don't have a lot of time to do it?

grandparents

My kids won't meet their grandparents

Since he was a baby, I'd fretted over this very moment when he'd start asking about the grandparents he will never meet.

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Birth

Midwives 'need more training'

Newly graduated midwives should not go straight into working without oversight, coroner says.

Expecting

Pregnancy scans probe

Concerns that pregnant women are receiving more scans than ever has sparked a government investigation.

Baby Burchett quads

Four times the worry

The doctor looked closely at the ultrasound. "Here is the ugly side of infertility. There are four babies."

Caring for baby Greer Berry

The importance of me time

It's fair to say that when I began spending some time away from my baby I started to feel a bit more human, a bit more like me.

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Blog: Greer Berry

After struggling with fertility issues Greer is now sharing her pregnancy journey.
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Blog: Matt Calman

At-home dad Matt Calman talks about life at home with his two girls.
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Blog: Kiran Chug

Kiran has a toddler and a baby and has recently moved back to her hometown of London.
Tweens to teens

Forgiving your bullies

The world isn't neatly divided into bullies and the bullied; all victims conceal sins, and all villains carry sorrows and scars

Health & nutrition

Surprise from kids' food trial

Fast food giant McDonald's might be the healthier option when it comes to straight comparisons with other burger restaurants, but child obesity figures are enough to wipe the smile off Ronald's face.

Health & nutrition

Battling Crohn's tough

North Canterbury boy finally meets other children who share condition he has had since six weeks old.

Health & nutrition

'Silent killer' took daughter

After losing their daughter, two parents want other families to be aware of how deadly meningococcal disease can be.

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Blog: Melody McCabe

Melody shares the highs and lows of struggling with fertility issues and trying to conceive.
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Blog: Anna Guy

Anna shares tales of parenting four kids - with another on the way.
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Finances

Why kids think money is free

Young children have little understanding where money comes from, with plenty thinking there's a person hiding in ATMs handing out free money.

Health & nutrition

Surprise from kids' food trial

Fast food giant McDonald's might be the healthier option when it comes to straight comparisons with other burger restaurants, but child obesity figures are enough to wipe the smile off Ronald's face.

TV & movies

Disney's marvellous run continues

REVIEW: Big Hero 6 is 90 minutes of slick, only slightly scary for littlies, smart school holiday entertainment.

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Win: Designer kids' glasses

Specsavers are offering one lucky Essential Mums reader the chance to win a voucher for two pairs of designer kids' glasses.

Technology

Online can benefit kids

Getting your child engaged with education is important and tech can be a great way to help.

Travel

Family travel in Vietnam

It all started with goats' penis soup more than 20 years ago when I backpacked through Vietnam's south.

Relationships couple talking

Too soon to step-parent?

I've been dating a guy for three months. Most weekends he brings his two-year-old daughter to my place. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.

TV & movies

DVD review: Call The Midwife

It’s hard to believe that a television series based around the simple act of birth could sustain itself beyond a couple of series.

Health fit mum

Encouragement or fat shaming?

"I have a kid, a six pack and no excuse." It was this caption that thrust British fitness competitor Amy Pell into the limelight.

Mum's life

Back-to-work blues?

Back at work and not happy about it? Take a closer look...

Celebrities Kimye

Kimye's pregnancy plans

Kanye West reportedly feels "the world's been waiting" for Kim Kardashian to pose nude while pregnant.

Style

7 awkward beauty problems

Instead of suffering bacne or fungus in silence, here are some solutions to embarrassing issues.