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I had mixed feelings about my newborn

I had mixed feelings about my newborn

Being a parent is a truly wonderful experiece. However, as this dad discovers, that doesn't mean it's "awesome" every minute of every day ...

The day we welcomed Esme

The day we welcomed Esme

Every experience is new as a first time mum, including the labour (as Jemma discovers) ... and when to know when you're in it!

The first month of fatherhood, a baptism of fire

The first month of fatherhood, a baptism of fire

While Sandro describes the first month of fatherhood as being "a baptism of fire", he wouldn't change becoming a dad for anything in the world ...

How to foster great relationships with grandparents

How to foster great relationships with grandparents

Encouraging our children to connect with their grandparents is one of the most important things we can do as parents, explains parenting expert Jane Barry.

Singing the praises of single parents

Singing the praises of single parents

Caring for a newborn is hard enough, let alone having to do it alone. As Michaela discovers, it's not just a pair of helping hands that you miss when parenting solo ...

Dads, it's okay to ask for help

Dads, it's okay to ask for help

For new fathers struggling with the transition to parenthood, Dan Hunt believes it takes a stronger dad to ask for help than to sit there and suffer in silence.

Maternity leave musings

Maternity leave musings

Excitedly awaiting the arrival of her first child, Jemma details her maternity leave adventures and anticipates what motherhood has in store ... 

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.

Your baby, your body & your boundaries

Your baby, your body & your boundaries

As one mum shares, it's important to think about your care - as much as your new baby's - when coming home from hospital.

Why we need to stop saying,

Why we need to stop saying, "I'm just a mum"

Dr. Justin Coulson shares with What Were We Thinking! an important lesson for all new mums; motherhood is nothing to be apologetic about.  

What you give up when gaining a baby

What you give up when gaining a baby

Being a first time parent inevitably requires a degree of personal sacrifice. But as John questions, do we fit parenthood in with our former lives or do we fit our lives around being a new parent?

The 'tie' between breastfeeding and my shredded nipples

The 'tie' between breastfeeding and my shredded nipples

Danielle knew breastfeeding was harder for some than others, however as she discovered, sometimes there's more to painful breastfeeding than simply your technique - your baby may have a tongue or lip tie.