Family

When men can't have children, they suffer in silence

Last month it was revealed sperm concentrations in Western men have declined by more than 50 per cent over the past 40 years — with diet and environmental influences possibly to blame.

And despite an estimated one in 20 Australian men experiencing some kind of reproductive problem, men often suffer in silence when struggling to become dads.

Births to older moms rise as teen birth rate drops

The one thing missing: a baby.

Stacie Krajchir-Tom spent her 20s learning the ropes as a television producer and her 30s building her powerhouse career. By the time she reached her 40s, she was ready to start a family.

"Kris says it perfectly," Krajchir-Tom said of her husband, Kristopher Tom. "He says, 'We would have been fine without having a baby, but you wouldn't have been fine.' "

They tried for 17 years to have a baby. Now they have six

Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo had tried for 17 years to start a family. Now, they're the parents of sextuplets -- three boys and three girls, all in good condition and absolutely adorable.

The babies were delivered by cesarean section at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond last week.

The count

For nearly two decades, Ajibola Taiwo, a native of Western Nigeria, and her husband Adeboye had tried but failed to conceive.

In November, they were elated to hear four heartbeats at their first ultrasound.

A history of Mother's Day: From campaigns for peace to cards, flowers and family reunions

Some mums may be given cards, flowers and gifts, while others may enjoy breakfast in bed or a lunch out.

Mother's Day has long been a part of the Australian calendar, but where did the idea to dedicate the second Sunday in May to honouring motherhood come from?

The modern Australian celebration of Mother's Day actually grew out of calls for peace and anti-war campaigns following the American Civil War (1861-65).

What's at stake for older dads?

Despite growing awareness of in-vitro fertilization and aging mothers -- such as Janet Jackson, who gave birth last month at 50 -- some of the science and social impacts of aging fathers are less clear. But that isn't deterring hopeful dads from growing their families.

Parents urged to pay attention to ‘your children’

It has been observed that Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in children is released in a manner directly proportional to the amount of caring attention the child receives.

If you’ve said she/he just wants attention, that statement is correct, because a child just wants attention and she/he legitimately needs it, as stated by Raising Small Souls.

But in this day and age, parents’ attention is diverted away from the children, set off by many things in their lives.

Parents miss out on what counts as important in the lives of the children.

Michael Jackson remembered by family

Jackson’s siblings Jermaine and La Toya both tweeted in honor of their brother, with Jermaine simply saying, “Hold close the memories” and La