Childbirth: The Endurance Event We Need to Recover From Properly

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“I’d rather run six half marathons in a row than go through that again.” These were the exact words I said to my running buddy after I had my first baby, when she oh-so casually enquired, “so what was the labour like?” As it turns out, I wasn’t being overly dramatic. This month a University of Michigan study reported that childbirth...

Adoption Didn’t Stop This Teen Mum From Caring for Her Baby

When then-18-year-old Kaleen Pysher found out she was pregnant, she made the decision to give her baby up for adoption. At the time that the teenager from Alaska found out she was pregnant she was living with her father and stepmother, just like many high school seniors do. Forced to make a very adult decision at such a young...

This Clever Maternity Hospital Bed Puts an End to Separation From Your Baby

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It's been nine months of carrying your precious little one around in your belly, and now that she’s finally really here, the doctors and nurses are doing what? They’re taking her from your loving arms, shuttling her away and keeping her in a place that’s far from your gentle grasp. What’s going on? No, it’s not the plot of...

A Touching Tribute to the Amazing Work of Neonatal Nurses with Premature Babies. Bravo!

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Neonatal Nurses Day may have been last week, but the accolades and appreciation are still going strong – especially on Facebook! With more than 1.9 million views, Kleenex’s video celebrating one of these amazing RN’s has proved to be a tear-jerker the world over. If you’re not completely sure what a neonatal nurse is or what these pros do, it’s...

Real Stories : The Rocky Road To A Vaginal Birth After C-Section

When this mum fell pregnant with her fourth baby, she wanted to do everything she could to finally have another vaginal delivery after three consecutive caesareans. Read what happened when she took matters into her own hands and how she overcame a myriad of medical recommendations against her choices to not only have a vaginal birth after c-section but an unassisted home...

Real Stories : This Mum Refused to Take Her Doctor’s Advice to Have an Abortion

You know when your kids become friends with someone at school that you’re bound to end up spending some time with their parents. Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes not so much. I have been lucky enough to grow my own network of friends from the families my sons have introduced me to. As it turns out, generally the...

Father’s Days – The Animated Memoir of a First Time Dad

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One first time dad has put together this moving animation about becoming a first-time father and the  journey it took him on, far different from that which he'd expected. Bob Moran, Political Cartoonist for the Sunday Telegraph, illustrates his helplessness as he spends time in neo-natal intensive care before his newborn daughter is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Here is his honest, beautiful animation of his family’s story. Bob talks...

Real Birth Stories : Having Your Baby at 32 Weeks

It wasn't the most pleasant pregnancy. Being my first, I had no basis of comparison, but I knew I wasn't enjoying it. I was sick, uncomfortable, in pain. I was scared and stressed. But I was also thrilled and excited.  All in all, it was a pretty boring pregnancy to start with. At 30 weeks, I went for my usual check...

What It’s Really Like To Have a Caesarean

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Giving birth is typically an event for celebration. It is the creation and giving of life that is so beautiful and raw it channels an inner primal being within us that we never knew existed. For many women it will be the single most fulfilling life experience they will ever have and second only to the uninterrupted sleep they...

The Virtual Baby: What This Dad Does at the Birth Is Truly Special

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A Perth dad, working fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) in Queensland, has used virtual reality technology to witness the birth of his second chid, 4,000 kilometres from home.  Meet Jace Larke, an electrical contractor working in the Queensland mines.  With three mouths to feed back home in Perth, and another on the way, his FIFO roster of four weeks on, one week off, meant...

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