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Your A - Z guide to a government hospital birth

If giving birth in a private medical facility is impossible for you, you'll find our guide useful in researching the government hospital option.

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5 things you DON’T have to buy for your newborn

DRUM compiled a five-item list of things your baby could do without.

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100 amazing facts about pregnancy

We've put together 100 reasons why pregnancy is a weirdly wonderful time.

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15 questions to ask your medical aid before you fall pregnant

Some important questions to ask about their maternity benefits.

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Track star Allyson Felix criticises Nike maternity policy

Olympic track and field star Allyson Felix joined a chorus of recent criticism against Nike. The brand recently came under fire for penalising athletes for taking time off after having a baby.

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FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Baby Faced Mums (episodes 1-8)

Watch full episodes of BBC’s Baby Faced Mums here.

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'My wife aborted without my knowledge'

Do women have the sole right to decide to continue with a pregnancy, in a marriage?

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WATCH: 9 months with Courteney Cox is "so intimate, so raw and so truthful"

A new docuseries that follows 15 couples through the pregnancy journey recently premiered on Facebook Watch and it's so full of emotion, we're already mentally preparing ourselves for the full nine-month journey.

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It's official! South African dads are getting paid paternity leave!

It's been nearly a year since the news that South African dads would be able to spend 10 working days at home with their new families. And this past Friday, the Labour Laws Amendment Bill was officially signed into law. Here's what you need to know.

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30 Budget-savvy tips to help afford a baby

There’s no way to sugar-coat it: having a baby is going to cost money. But it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg if you plan well and spend your money wisely.

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How to prepare your cat or dog for the arrival of your new baby

As you make your preparations for the new arrival, don’t forget to spare a thought for some important family members – your four-legged friends.

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A dad at 25: "I was so self-centred before, but it’s not about me any more"

‘I’m about to become a father at 25 – and this is how it feels.’

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5 top tips for day 1 with your newborn baby

Paediatrician Dr Britta McLaren shares her top insights in to surviving the first day with your newborn baby. Best time to read it? Before giving birth!

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Namhla's pregnancy diary: "It has not been easy"

29-year-old Namhla Beyi is sharing her pregnancy journey with us.

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Marine gender reveal with military brothers while deployed 13 000km from home

“The feeling of knowing I had so many of my people around me to share this announcement truly made it special."

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5 things you need to know to prepare for your government hospital birth

From official documentation, your rights as a patient and even booking your hospital bed, we get practical about exactly what will be required of you when heading to your local government hospital to give birth.

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How to have a baby on a budget

You’ve heard of budget holidays, low-cost airlines, and cheap-and-cheerful restaurants. Now here’s your definitive guide to having a baby on a shoestring.

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“To my shock and horror… I fell pregnant!”: A reader shares what it’s like to dread pregnancy and childbirth

Inspired by an article describing tokophobia, an extremely rare fear of all things motherhood, a Parent24 reader shares her inspiring story.

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Are antenatal classes worth it? Real moms and experts weigh in

Antenatal classes empower parents to navigate the pregnancy journey, birth and beyond. The classes cover pregnancy, childbirth and certain child care elements (like how to bath a baby). However, are antenatal classes worth it?

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5 apps to track your pregnancy

Once you know you’re pregnant, you want to keeping track of your baby’s growth 24/7 and doctor check-ups just don’t happen frequently enough to match the excitement of the situation.

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Here's how to explain pregnancy and birth to your toddler

Educating your little one about the birds and the bees in an age-appropriate way is a tricky task. We've compiled a few useful resources to help you teach your firstborn the basics of pregnancy and birth.

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Awkward questions you’ve always wanted to ask your preggie friends

Three moms-to-be answer all our pregnancy questions.

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Baby-proof your relationship with these tough conversations

You’ve got the baby room ready and all the kit you need – but is your relationship ready for the birth? It’s time to tackle some tough conversations, before baby arrives.

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Scared of childbirth? Here's how to boost your confidence

There’s no doubt – labour is intensely physical! But there’s an enormous amount of mental energy that comes with the experience and being mentally and emotionally prepared will take you a long way, writes Tina Otte.
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