Her deep breath has to get to the baby.
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A fetus needs oxygen long before its lungs work and it's exposed to the air. Some ingenious biochemistry explains how the mother's blood delivers it.
Even working women who have partners often have to do the most work at home.
Does having children make the goal of fairly dividing work at home more elusive?
What are the rules that make a man a father?
Before the advent of genetic testing, definitions of paternity were primarily social and legal. Science has destabilized these older definitions, but it has not replaced them.
New research has found that mothers may be forgoing medication they need in order to breastfeed their babies.
Mothers are told to stop breastfeeding when taking certain medications – even if they won't harm their baby.
Demographers struggle to measure unintended fertility.
It’s very difficult to measure whether a conception was intended. But those data are vital to understanding women's choices.
To raise a healthy baby, mothers should be happy
Making mothers happy is important for the wellbeing of the babies. How can we do that?
Some women, especially with diabetes, are recommended to express milk while still pregnant and to save it for their newborn. But it’s not for everyone.
Hospitals sometimes recommend women express milk towards the end of their pregnancies. But it's not suitable for all.
Suicide is uncommon during pregnancy – it occurs more frequently when a pregnancy is over.
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The clinical committee reviewing obstetrics services for the federal government's Medicare review said suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in Australia. Is that true?
Modern women are expected to juggle work, homelife and motherhood, mostly by themselves.
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The pressure on new mums can be overwhelming, but culturally they are expected to go it alone.
Bundles of joy.
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Fall in love, have a baby, watch your happiness and satisfaction plummet. Psychology researchers know the transition to parenthood can be rough on relationships.
The BreezeBlock house, designed by Eva-Marie Prineas for her sister.
One of the very first pieces of advice you receive in architecture school is Never Work For Family: the risks are too great, runs the argument, there’s too much emotion and too much money at stake, and…
The diabetes self-test: up to 16% of pregnant women are positive.
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It affects nearly one in five women, and half go on to develop type 2 diabetes. It's one of the great intervention opportunities that public health overseers keep ignoring.
Nobody’s perfect – not you, and not your kids. And that’s OK.
Feeling guilty and out of your depth as a parent? You're not alone – and there are ways to turn the guilt you're feeling into positive changes for your family.
Awareness campaigns encourage perfectionism and unwarranted personal responsibility for events over which new mums may have little control.
Fear-based messages from practitioners and awareness campaigns encourage perfectionism and unwarranted personal responsibility for events over which new mums may have little control.
The UK came 24th in a recent study of the best places to be a mother.
Save The Children's latest State of the World's Mothers report highlights the impact of rising inequality on maternal deaths.
Icy times for mom-to-be meant bad news for baby-on-board.
In January 1998 five days of freezing rain collapsed the electrical grid of the Canadian province of Québec. The storm left more than 3 million people without electricity for anywhere from a few hours…
A study has found one in two mothers are excessively tired four months after giving birth. University of Queensland researchers…
Did you use the beaker, honey?
Who can forget “penis-beakergate”? That wonderful moment in October 2013 when a user of popular parenting site Mumsnet started a discussion thread to ask other women whether her partner’s behaviour was…
Women who live in poorer areas, are older mothers, smokers or are Aboriginal have a higher risk of having a premature birth…
A four year study at the University of Sydney has found that pregnant mothers and their babies are synchronising immune systems…