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Australian Women Pay High Price for Maternity Leave

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Australian women can take maternity leave, but they pay heavily for it -- sometimes for three years after their babies are born.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports they are paid less than women who don't take mat...
After being back at work for a year, women who took maternity leaves were paid an average of 4.4 percent less than other women.

Newborn Switch Has Moms Breast-Freeding Wrong Babies

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There's a reason hospitals are so careful about identifying newborns, but mistakes still happen.
At an Australian hospital two infants were switched and given to the wrong moms last week for eight hours afte...
"Human error" to blame at Australian hospital.

Dad Who Let Daughter, 8, Kickbox in Aussie Match Has Fight on His Hands

A little girl who dreams of being a kickboxer when she grows up may be a bit unusual, but we can get behind that. Oh, you say her dad is a world kickboxing champ? Well, that makes even more sense. But putting her in the boxing ring for a three...Girl fought three rounds against a 7-year-old in front of a paying audience.

Stringent Policy Puts Sperm in Short Supply in Melbourne, Australia

A medical worker works on a dish ready for intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Credit: Georges Gobet, AFP/Getty Images If you're living in Melbourne, Australia and want to conceive using a sperm bank, you may want to get in line. Th...Just 184 registered sperm donors are left in the state of Victoria.

Crikey! It's the Australian Mutant Ninja Mamas!

Fed up with street crime, Australian mothers are taking up jujitsu and getting ready to kick some serious butt. Credit: Getty Images
"M" is for the multiple contusions she gave you. "U" is for all the food you'll have to gum. Because "M" ...

Court Grants Parents Permission to Sterilize 11-Year-Old

A couple won permission from the Australian courts to go ahead with a planned hysterectomy for their 11-year-old daughter, whose medical condition causes her to have epileptic seizures when she menstruates. The ruling has sparked a nationwide debat...

Girl Wows Australia with Her Knowledge of Neuroscience

You have to be smart to compete in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, but it's not exactly brain surgery. Still, a little knowledge of of neuroscience can come in awfully handy, as this year's 14-year-old winner found out. The Sydney Morning...

Report Criticizes Australia's Shared Parenting Law

A retired family court judge in Australia says fathers are not entitled to split custody of their children. Richard Chisholm says 50-50 custody often hurts kids. His 300-page report released Thursday criticizes Australia's shared parenting law a...

The Dingo's Got My Baby Name!

After much debate, my husband and I finally found a female name we agree on: Azariah (or Azaria). I like that it is a Hebrew name like my daughter Ariella's and about the same popularity ranking. Most of our friends' children have biblical names as w...

Breastfeeding - Does it Protect Kids From Neglect?

Breastfeeding does a baby's body good ... that much we already know. But a 15-year study of over 6,000 Australian children discovered that breastfeeding may benefit babies in another way -- protecting them from neglect. Babies who were breastfed f...

Mom Denied Cell Phone - For Being a Mom

Butcher, baker, candlestick maker -- all noble professions, indeed. Stay-at-home Mom? Well, get a real job. At least, that's what one Australian mom was told when she went to buy a cell phone. Lyndal Fair, a thirty-six-year-old mother of three, wante...

Nicole Kidman - Stay at Home Mom?

Nicole Kidman isn't shy about how much she loves being a mom to Sunday Rose. But the Australia star has fallen so hard for motherhood, she's thinking of putting her career on hold. "I'm not saying I'm not that interested in making films anymore," ...

Man Arrested for Posting Baby Swinging Video

When I watched this video of a man swinging a baby in an alarming manner , I thought it was fake. Actually, I still think (and truly hope) it's not real. But shortly after I watched the original video, it was pulled from YouTube for violation of user...

Sunbathing Australian teens advertise for boys

A group of teenage girls, fourteen and fifteen years old, had the brilliant idea of writing their mobile phone numbers on their backs with blue skin cream so that boys could see them when the girls were sunbathing. The girls were hoping to attract so...

"Accidental incest" possible after one man impregnates 30 women

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl find out they are related. Lifetime Movie Network or just your average Australian romance? Australian laws are forcing gays and lesbians to seek "unregulated" sperm donors in order to have...

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