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Male fertility

The words ‘male fertility’ create a knot in the stomach of even the bravest of men. Often where fertility issues arise, examination of the male partner’s contribution to the problems is ignored.

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The facts about fertility and pre-pregnancy health

Typically in our late teens and twenties we focus on contraception, but when the time comes to turn our thoughts to conception, there are a large number of myths about how to fall pregnant.

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IVF: What you need to know

One in six Australian couples suffer from infertility. It’s important to remember not everyone who is having trouble conceiving will need to undergo IVF (in vitro fertilisation).

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Preparing for pregnancy and beyond

Knowing what to expect when you are expecting can help give you some peace of mind. It could also make all the difference to your pregnancy, especially if it’s your first. Here are some important things you need to know.

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Sick of morning sickness?

To help you overcome or at least reduce morning sickness give some of these tips a go, hopefully you can get through this retched period a little easier.

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Post-partum healing in the arms of nature

Grounding ourselves and our children in nature, is extremely healing, beneficial, both emotionally and physically. Allowing our children to explore untethered, wild and free, among the trees and the flowers, creates mindfulness, encourages compassion and inspires creativity.

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Why mushrooms are good for you and baby

This article explains and shows the nutritional value of mushrooms for infants and for women during pregnancy.

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Caesarean – the easy road? Not so much.

Decisions relating to normal birth or caesarean are becoming increasingly complicated with women expressing pressure to take one or other direction for their birth.

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Newborn care Baby feeding Baby sleep Baby safety Nappies Baby development

Sleep in the first days and weeks

It is important to work out how best to manage this period and to know that generally it takes a few weeks, maybe months and maybe longer to feel rested again.

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Galactagogues - what are they and why you might need them

The true definition of this Greek word is ‘a substance that promotes lactation in humans and animals. It may be synthetic, plant-derived or endogenous.’

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Expressing - the how, when and where

Most mothers will express their breastmilk for their baby at some time - so this article helps to explain the how, the when and the where.

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The baby milestones no one tells you about

There are a few baby milestones which receive less press, but from a parent’s perspective, can be just as significant.

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Toddler nutrition Toddler development Toddler care

How to breastfeed past 12 months

This article is for those who have decided to practice extended breastfeeding but are a little unsure of the ‘in’s and out’s’ of it all.

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The benefits of breastfeeding beyond 12 months

How long should you breastfeed for? We explore the benefits of breastfeeding older children and extended breastfeeding.

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Using routine to manage behaviour

We all know routines are an important part of child development, and can contribute to how children behave.

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Supporting toddler speech

All children develop at different ages, so Jack n' Jill have compiled some ideas to support and encourage that first word.

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General parenting Parenting help

Dirty cleaners - how to keep your household safe from chemicals

The chances of getting allergies from household products is high. As we use the products ourselves, we expose ourselves even more to contact with these chemicals.

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The invaluable gifts from a dog to a child

The life lessons children can learn from pet ownership are many and varied but your dog will also enjoy the rewards from this beautiful relationship.

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Surviving the plane ride with a teething baby

Get your holiday off a great start and make that plane trip with a teething baby or tot as hassle-free as possible.

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How to support your child’s immunity for school and pre-school

It can come as quite a shock to new parents when their child brings home from pre-school or day-care the first winter full of new bugs to share around. Many families who had prided themselves on their robust immunity suddenly fall like dominoes with the merry-go-round of coughs, colds, sniffles and tummy bugs that seem to often do the rounds of early childhood centres.

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