Delayed cord clamping no barrier

Delayed umbilical cord clamping has been shown to benefit babies, but until now the practice had been cumbersome.

Feeling the frump

I swore I would be so damned gracious and thankful when I finally fell pregnant that I now feel like an absolute idiot for what I'm about to say.

A gift like no other

Kylee Poole wanted to help another couple have a family. This is her story of egg donation.

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Accepting your limits

I am learning how important it is to respect and accept my limits, because now I don't have a choice.

Father and baby

Miracle conception

Mike Moore lost his penis after a botched circumcision at age seven. Over 20 years and several surgeries later he has fathered a child.



Trying to conceive mum and toddler

Having kids alone

Jo Hartley meets three women whose longing for a baby was so great they each decided not to wait for a partner.

Fertility IVF Live TV

How eggs and sperm hook up

Forget about the birds and the bees. If you want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo.

Adoption Katheryn Deprill

BK Baby finds birth mum

Woman abandoned in a Burger King bathroom as a newborn gets the hug she waited a lifetime for.

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Lily Allen's baby grief

Lily Allen says she never got over losing her first baby with husband Sam Cooper.


Symptoms pregnant

Third trimester essentials

Tired, heavy, bloated, anxious. The third trimester of pregnancy can drag. Here are a few tips on how to cope.

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Weekly pregnancy guide

Congratulations, you're pregnant! Find out what's in store for you and your growing baby.

Nutrition Greer Berry

Busting food myths

When you're pregnant, you become more aware than ever before about your food and drink decisions.

Health pregnancy

Weight pregnancy risk

Pregnant Kiwi women are reluctant to step on the scales, leading to underestimated BMI measurements and misguided clinical care, research shows.

Prepare for baby WOMAN WITH BOOK

Bumpy reads

There are plenty of pregnancy books around but how many are relevant to NZ mums? Essential Mums readers give their verdicts.


Birth options baby

Have a happy homebirth

Delivering her son at home made Sarah Cronan feel strong, powerful and, quite simply, euphoric, she writes.

Birth plan Dad kissing baby bump

Dads in the delivery room

"You can't print our real names because people would be shocked. But when our second child is born I'm not going to be there."

Labour Water birth

Why is childbirth such a pain?

If medicine can perform miracles like organ transplants how come having a baby in the 21st century can still hurt so much?

Caesarean Pregnant

Caesarean saved sanity

For me, there was only one birth option that would help keep my physical and mental wellbeing intact.

Post natal NEWBORN

The 'fourth trimester'

Yes, I know, pregnancy is only three trimesters, but in my opinion the postpartum period should count too.

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