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A simple way new mums can reduce their anxiety

A simple way new mums can reduce their anxiety

Parenting expert Dr Heather Rowe examines how fear-based health messages targeting those with a new baby can cause unnecessary anxiety in new mums.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day reminds us of the inestimable social contribution that women make to the world as they care for their fetuses, newborns, infants and young children. Sometimes, this contribution is forgotten. While Mother’s Day is a great way to celebrate mothers in our society, we should acknowledge the unparalleled addition that mothers make to our world every day.

Honouring what happened when your baby was born

Honouring what happened when your baby was born

Each of us needs to honour what happened when our baby was born. But what happens when it's difficult to put your experience into words because they were uncommon or you simply don't understand them?

Making time to be on your own together

Making time to be on your own together

The relationship between partners is fundamentally important when you become a parent. However juggling a new baby and adjustments to your relationshop is often easier said than done ...

Motherhood and identity with a new baby

Motherhood and identity with a new baby

There is never a perfect time in a woman’s life to have a baby. One of the inevitable, but least anticipated experiences of motherhood, is how much is 'lost' when a baby is born ...

Mummy (and Daddy) Shaming

Mummy (and Daddy) Shaming

‘Mummy shaming’ is a social phenomenon where the actions and activities of mothers are judged harshly or criticized by others. Most commonly, this shaming comes in the form of comments or non-verbal disapproval from strangers about the way mothers interact with their children or how they spend their time...

On-the-job occupational fatigue for new parents

On-the-job occupational fatigue for new parents

While most occupations have safety regulations to manage worker fatigue, however as Professor Jane Fisher discusses, new parents don't receive the same benefits in their hardest role to date - parenthood.

Speaking Up for Yourself and Your Baby

Speaking Up for Yourself and Your Baby

A curious but common experience for parents with a young baby is that everyone has an opinion on how things should be done...

Speaking up for yourself when you have a baby

Speaking up for yourself when you have a baby

Speaking up for yourself is an important way to build your confidence, especially when you have a new baby ...

When becoming a new parent is nothing like you'd expected ...

When becoming a new parent is nothing like you'd expected ...

For new mum Bern Morley, Parenting Editor at Mamamia, becoming a new parent wasn't like anything she'd 'seen in the brochures'.