12 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman
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Pregnancy, it’s a beautiful thing. You’re bringing new life into the world and while this miracle is happening, your hormones and moods tend to make you a little loopy. Small things turn to big things which end in three ways, you laughing hysterically at something offensive (this rarely happens), crying hysterically or throwing a large Slurpee at someone (not...
Meet the Baby Who Was Born Twice … Simply Amazing!
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At 16 weeks Margaret Boemer went in for an ultrasound like all soon-to-be mums do. But, what happened next was very far from normal. The mum-to-be got news that no parent wants to hear—her baby had a massive tumour. Boemer, from Plano, Texas in the US, said, “They saw something on the scan, and the doctor came in and told...
Tragedy Turns to Hope with One Mum’s Breast Milk Donation
Stillbirth is something that no mum-to-be ever wants to think about. That said, it can happen. And when it does, the results are tragic. One mum took this beyond unthinkable situation and turned her tragedy into something positive for other families with babies. Roughly 3,000 Australian families are affected by perinatal death (stillbirth or when the baby dies within the...
The Mother of All Truths: Newborn Mummy Confessions
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Parenting, there should be some kind of mandatory school for it, because let’s face it when we get our babies handed to us, we’re all captains of the SS Clueless. Heck, ‘how do I squeeze in my own shower daily?’ is one that they should have covered in my pre-natal classes. It’s scary, and you’re tired, more tired than...
6 Things Nobody Told Me About Having a Caesarian Section
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It wasn’t my plan to have a C-section. As my pregnancy progressed, I focussed my research on ‘regular’ birth. I got the scoop on friends’ birth stories – every grisly detail – but didn’t talk to one person about their Caesarean. I learned everything there was to know about breathing, pushing, epidurals, tearing, delayed cord clamping, skin-to-skin – but...
What Did You Pack in Your Hospital Bag? Some Mums Needed to Bring Fresh Water!
From the moment you saw 'two lines', you started imagining what the “big day” would be like.  The closer it got to your due date, the more lists you started making. Right? There were baby essentials (how many onesies does a newborn wear?), house cleaning, nursery organising and hospital bag lists. When it came to that all-inclusive hospital bag list,...
The Heartbreaking Story of a Mother Who Endured Not One But Two Stillbirths
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In 2010 Jessica Nelles was 37 weeks pregnant. After almost nine months of pregnancy, this mum was so close to finally meeting her baby boy Tiberius (Ty). But, then something no parent could ever dream of happened – the doctor told her that there was no heartbeat. After Nelles found out that her baby had passed, she spent 12 hours...
Parents Amazed at How Fast Newborn Baby ‘Flies Out’ in Water Birth
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A video of a California mother's water birth has stunned parents around the globe because the baby seemed to very quickly 'fly out' of her! The woman was filmed in a birthing pool with her partner and shared by her midwife, Lisa Marie Sanchez Oxenham. The woman in labour can clearly be seen waiting for her next contraction and using a...
Bankstown Hospital Gas Mixup Leaves Newborn Dead and Another Critical
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It has been revealed a newborn baby has died and another has been "severely affected" after nitrous oxide, often known as laughing gas, was incorrectly given instead of oxygen at Sydney's Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital. In a statement by NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, it appears a machine in the neo-natal resuscitation unit had been incorrectly installed. The incidents occurred this month and last month. Ms...
Watch The Miracle Baby Come Back to Life After Doctors Told He’d Died
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All mums know the bliss of holding your own baby for the very first time. But, this mum’s experience goes a step (more like several steps) beyond a simple first hug and hold. Warning: Grab a box of tissues before watching this video – you’ll need them, all of them. Kate and David Ogg tried, not so successfully, to get pregnant...