EDITOR’S PICKS

  • Perinatal depression and anxiety is costing Australia $877 million annually according to a PwC (PriceWaterhouseCooper) analysis prepared for Gidget Foundation Australia and the Perinatal Mental Health Consortium. This is supported by the findings of the recent National Working Families survey undertaken by Parents at Work...

  • To highlight Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Week, Nov 10-16 (2019), Amanda Gordon reminds us Postnatal Depression and Anxiety can come to any new mother… even to those who believe that having a new baby is the best thing ever. Having a new baby is, for...

  • Keren Moran and her partner, two mums from New South Wales, couldn’t find enough quality books for their young daughter that illustrated families like hers. Some families have really important grandparents, some have twins or multiple kids, some live in big blended families. So she...

  • By following a strict diet, children and adults with coeliac disease can live a normal, healthy life, writes Lucinda Bertram. The only treatment for coeliac disease is to remove gluten completely from the diet… When eight-year-old Gabi Thomas complained of feeling sick every morning, the...

  • The village is most welcome to help raise her child, writes Maxine Clarke, but through practical gestures, rather than unconstructive heckling. For a few short months, I was completely content with the new-found public interest in my condition. Even a few pats on the tummy...

  • Speech and language problems needn’t be a life sentence. But early intervention is important, writes Catherine Best. Every parent cherishes their child’s first words. Those meaningful, gabbled sounds that chart their development from passive infant to interacting person. Speech and language define how we engage...

Celebrating Mothers

  • The village is most welcome to help raise her child, writes Maxine Clarke, but through practical gestures, rather than unconstructive heckling. For a few short months, I was completely content with the new-found public interest in my condition. Even a few pats on the tummy...

  • Jeanie Baxter strives to move beyond the boundaries set by the early death of her mother. This year, I am older than my mother ever was. I am living in time that she never experienced. I watch my eldest daughter move into her mid-teens and...

  • Mandy Collins finds the judgements of other women in relation to birth and breastfeeding to be difficult to accept. I clearly remember the morning I decided to stop breastfeeding my daughter. I lay in my hospital bed, tears running down my face, terrified to tell...

  • Anna Bourozikas was shocked when pregnancy temporarily disabled her. I was 34 weeks into my first pregnancy, standing at the kitchen sink washing the dishes when I felt a sharp pain rush through my right leg and groin. My leg buckled and I collapsed to...

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