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Hypnobirthing: Benefits of a calm birth

Every woman’s birth experience is different. For many it is a positive and empowering event, for others it may raise some normal anxiety and for some the descriptions of the pain and possible complications of childbirth contribute to feelings of dread.

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Home or hospital birth: Which is best?

While home births used to be standard practice, with the advancement of medical science there has been a shift to hospital births. However, hospitals are recognising the importance of choice when it comes to birthing and ensuring safe home birth options.

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Invisible mums: Why new mums feel neglected

Motherhood is a time when new mums need support and understanding, but attention is often on the baby. Fathers also aren’t immune from the cloak of invisibility. So how do we support new parents and ensure they're not lost to the newborn spotlight?

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Help for parents of stillborn babies

For most parents, pregnancy is a happy time filled with joyful anticipation, but in Australia 1,724 babies die each year. Acknowledging this trauma, leave entitlements have now been increased for parents dealing with a stillbirth or infant death.

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Miscarriage: Why we should talk about it

In Australia, 103,000 families are impacted by miscarriage each year, and most miscarriages, around 98 per cent, happen within the first 12 weeks. However, a culture of silence may leave couples feeling isolated and unsupported at this difficult time.

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Gender Disappointment: A hidden shame

Gender disappointment is the disappointment in the gender of an unborn or newly born baby, beyond a preference. It’s when the expectant parent or parents have a desire for the opposite gender and they feel, not only disappointed, but robbed and angry.

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