Philippa Macken writes about safety issues and how parents can help to keep their infants free from harm. Bringing a newborn home is an exciting milestone when parents leave the hospital with precious cargo and important responsibilities. The home and the car can feel like a...

An expert review of work done on preterm babies published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has found that thanks to medical advancements, most of these tiny fighters now survive, but many of them face developmental challenges that can impact their future. The...

More than 6,000 women told us what they wanted for their next pregnancy and birth. Here’s what they said report researchers Hazel Keedle, Daniella Susic and Hannah Dahlen Many women want a different kind of pregnancy and birth the next time around. Many want to see the...

Amber Hamam is sad about not having a second child. I’d never planned on having just one child. In fact, I’d always been looking forward to having lots of kids. While my friends were fantasising about wedding frocks as young girls, my thoughts were preoccupied with...

For Dental Health Week (August 7-13), the Australian Dental Association (ADA) gives a friendly reminder that the lack of oral health information provided to new parents regarding their baby's dental care could be a lifetime of problems with their teeth. While parenting focuses on various aspects,...

While wishing to be well informed about the progress of her pregnancy, Karen Collum wonders if hers was a case of too much information. I have an application on my iPhone that gives me daily updates on the growth of my baby. I know that my...

Labour induction  rates have significantly increased over the past decade, from 25 to 35 per cent in Australia alone. Melbourne researchers have found that one of two common methods to induce labour is safer for babies, although both were as safe for the mother and neither...

Paid parental leave extended to 26 weeks by 2026, with pressure on dads to share more early caring, reports Michelle Grattan Government-funded paid parental leave will be extended, and more pressure placed on fathers to share caring for babies, under an initiative to be unveiled by...

Here are 3 numbers to help you decide, writes researcher Karin Hammarberg Egg freezing is promoted as an empowering option for women who want to stop the biological clock and improve their chance of having a baby later in life. But they need to know it’s...