EDITOR’S PICKS

  • Many women experience doubt when they return to work after maternity leave. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, reports Carina O’Brien, after returning to work herself. Take a few moments to think about how much has changed in your workplace in...

  • Children of all abilities and needs should have room to play and explore their world. HomeAdvisor has put together some great ideas to help you create a backyard playground just for them. Play is so important for a child’s development that the United Nations declared...

  • Helping kids recover in the aftermath of a cyclone, flood or other natural disaster is a challenge for the whole family. The Salvation Army have put together some tips for helping your children after a natural disaster. Kids can be particularly vulnerable following a natural disaster and...

  • Two young people who have faced extraordinary challenges, have left a lasting impression on Dr Duncan Jefferson. One child lost half her brain with the remaining half able to make up for it. The other suffered a tragic sporting injury. There are people you meet...

  • 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...

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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