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Most parents we interviewed described having “unrealistic” expectations about baby behaviour. Robyn Lee/Flickr

‘I didn’t know who I was anymore’ – myths vs realities of early parenthood

Becoming a parent is commonly imagined to be a joyful and “natural” life event. The reality is often very different. In the early weeks and months of life with a first baby, parents must master new skills…
If you’re born underweight, like this little baby on the left, it can make a world of difference to your lifelong health. Menzies Health

Australia’s 7 Up: the revealing study tracking babies to adults

Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Dinosaurs are real, believe me. Mother with baby/Shutterstock

Babies can learn about the real world from pictures

Mass media such as books, TV, and the internet are key sources of information, allowing us to increase our knowledge by learning indirectly about things we’ve never directly experienced. Is this true for…
Recommended for me? Milk appreciation group? LIKE. c r z

New mums shun Twitter and stick to baby-friendly Facebook

Although it might sometimes seem that your Facebook feed is overrun with chatter about babies, research from Microsoft has suggested that mums actually spend less time on the site after they have had children…
Indian women who had migrated to Australia were more likely than Australian-born women to have caesarean sections or instrumental births, the study found. http://www.flickr.com/photos/34547181@N00

Migrant women less likely to have unassisted birth: study

Some groups of migrant women in Australia are at a higher risk of medical interventions in childbirth that may lead to health…
Current methods of examining newborn babies' hearts in the first days of life are not particularly effective. jeremysalmon/Flickr

How a simple test could save babies from dying of heart disease

More babies die from undiagnosed congenital heart defects than from any other abnormality. But a simple test which is safe, painless and takes only a couple of minutes could help identify these babies…
Hundreds of cases of serious heart defects in newborns are missed in Australia each year. AAP/Victorian Department of Health

Simple test for heart defects in babies should be routine

Newborn screening for life-threatening congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry - a simple, low-cost test - is the most…

Spoon fed babies may end up fatter

What is seen as a staple food for many babies may be detrimental as researchers have found that babies who were spoon fed…

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