A labour of love

I feel like I 'failed'

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K. SHELDON

After three Cesareans, I feel my body failed my babies, and not giving birth naturally somehow makes me less of a woman.

Panic in the delivery room

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KELLY ROSE

As emergency staff worked to help her newborn baby breathe, Kelly Rose's husband heard the word 'dead'.

'You want to be like a cow?'

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PATRICIA REESBY

When Patricia Reesby gave birth in 1963, she was criticised for wanting to delay cutting of the umbilical cord.

Two babies, one chance at life

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RACHEL MORGAN

Rachel Morgan's joy at having twins turned to devastation when a deadly condition forced her and her husband to make a choice.

My baby couldn't breathe

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ERIN MAJOR-JOHNSTON

When Erin Major-Johnston was told her baby may have heart or brain damage, she would have given everything and anything to help.

The 670 gram baby

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ALEX SCOTT

When Alex Scott went in to labour with her daughter at just 23 weeks, she was told the baby wouldn't survive

Baby an unexpected monster

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This new mum got a big surprise when her c-section revealed the largest baby the doctor had ever delivered.

Murphy's Law strikes birth

ZOE MOSLEY

After a quick and easy first baby, Zoe Mosley was in for a rough ride for number two - and so was her husband.

Home birth minus the midwife

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JO CHANEY

Jo Chaney's daughter's birth was the most incredible moments of my life and she doesn't regret having her at home.

My unplanned home birth

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JENNIFER GROWDEN

Jennifer Growden never planned to have a home birth, but it turned out to be pretty awesome.

The incredible day I became Dad

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LUCAS LORMANS

At 26 years old, Lucas Lormans found out that no matter how much you plan, you can never be prepared for the day your first baby is born.

Baby loss so common, so lonely

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I have real sympathy for expectant mothers who suffer through their pregnancy, but I would trade anything to go through it all.

Born in 33 minutes

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REBECCAH KENNEDY

After being more than four weeks overdue, baby Jay rushed into the world and left his mum questioning her midwife's decisions.

A broken heart with no cure

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BRIAR OSBORNE

Baby Cassi fought hard for her nine weeks of life, and while the heartbreak of her loss will never heal, her mum has hope for a cure.

When pushing isn't an option

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CHRISTINE POLLOCK

For her own safety and for the safe arrival of her son, Christine Pollock's first son was born by caesarean section.

Turning birth tragedy into hope

LITTLE GEMS: Corben, Bree and Ollie Simons.

CARREY SIMONS

Carrey Simons lost her first baby at 19 weeks but, after the terrible heartache, resolved to do what she could to help others.

Home sweet home birth

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HANNAH MCSWEENY

Hannah Mcsweeny was anxious, nervous, terrified and starting to get a little bit impatient before the arrival of her first baby.

Waiting for baby

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HANNAH LANE

As Hannah Lane's due date looms, she's hoping her little one arrives sooner rather than later.

Better to expect the unexpected

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JESSICA RANGER

Jessica Ranger made sure she knew what to expect when she was expecting her first-born - but there was more.

Twins double trouble for mum

SNOOZE TIME: Paige on the left, Mackenzie on the right.

KATIE ANDERSEN

Katie Andersen had reached her limit when 38 weeks pregnant with twins, but there was a lot more to come.

They're three really big boys

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BRONWYN MORA

Two of Bronwyn Mora's three labours brought real drama - her advice: trust yourself.

No dear, it wasn't quite orgasmic

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ROSE FISHER

Rose Fisher's husband had a peculiar question at the end of her fourth birth - the best one she has had.

No time for the nest

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ANG BOWLER

Ang Bowler had dreams of nesting before giving birth, but her little man wasn't going to wait.

One born every ... nek minnit

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HANNAH MAUNDER

Even though Hannah Maunder's labour didn't go to plan, she would do it all again in a heartbeat.

Birth all in an hour's work

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ANGELA BLUNDELL

Baby Isaac's speedy arrival brought much happiness and completed Angela Blundell's family.

Red-light runner delivers quickly

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MONIQUE COUPERUS

No matter what you have to do or go through to get that baby out, it's worth it, writes Monique Couperus.

An intoxicating love

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KESAIA WALKER

Kesaia Walker says the smell, sight and feel of her newborn son Monty was "truly intoxicating".

Absolutely no time to waste

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MICHELLE RAYNEL

Michelle Raynel rounded off a busy week with a nice, easy five-hour labour to welcome her first daughter into the world.

'Shotgun' baby arrives in car

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KELLY YOUNG

Baby Tyler wanted a grand entrance into the world and opted for the front seat of the family car, writes Kelly Young.

Gallstones a pregnancy nightmare

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SALLY ROSE

Sally Rose was so excited when her second pregnancy was confirmed but then gallstones hit.

It was worth every minute

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ELOISE MCCALL

Eloise McCall would go through her 34-hour labour again to experience the joy of seeing her daughter's face for the first time.

A magical moment shared

FIRST KISS: Bernice greets baby Leo moments after his birth.

BERNICE VAN GILS

Our little son Leonardo was carried by our dear friend Olivia... and this is the story of when we finally got to meet him.

When labour goes on, and on

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BECKA-LEE BRIGGS

Becka-Lee Briggs had a long wait, and long labour, before she got to meet baby number four, Lucas.

I just wanted the baby out

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VICTORIA NORRIS

Baby Blake wasn't in a hurry but his mum, Victoria Norris, was well sick of waiting.

Baby picks when its due time

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KELLY-JO SWEENEY

The arrival of Kelly-Jo Sweeney's fourth baby, Anja, was her 'best birth to date' despite some early tension.

It could be three and counting...

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SHONTAE BARROW

Labour was a breeze the third time around for mum of three, Shontae Barrow, whose earlier births were far more traumatic.

Long labour of love turns to joy

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ANDREA LAMBELL

After a long, slow-progressing labour, Andrea Lambell pushed through the pain to deliver her first baby.

From go to whoa in three hours

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JOANNE BICKLEY

Nothing could have prepared Joanne Bickley for an unplanned home birth but she wouldn't trade the experience for the world.