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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.

Allowing grandparents to bond with your baby

Allowing grandparents to bond with your baby

For Amy, not only does she gain a break when her mother looks after her daughter, she also gets to witness a loving bond grow ...

Being a mum & still being me

Being a mum & still being me

You say hello to a new future when you become a mum, but as Poppy learns, that doesn't mean saying goodbye entirely to  the 'you' of the past ...

First time parenthood is tiring

First time parenthood is tiring

As most new mums and dads soon find out, parenthood presents a whole new level of tiredness ...

Ground rules for first time grandparents

Ground rules for first time grandparents

Before baby arrives, it's helpful to set some 'grandparent ground rules' ...

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?

How do I become a confident parent?

How do I become a confident parent?

Self-doubt, guilt and uncertainty accompany first time parenthood, but as Poppy learns, your confidence grows one day at a time ... 

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 ...

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'.