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  • Hannah Profile

    24 hours with Hannah Starkey: Social worker, counsellor and mum.

    Share  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you a series of ’24 hours with’ where we profile some very inspirational women. Here at Mamamia, we know being a mum is a pretty tough job on it’s own. So when you add studying and working to the midnight feeds and nappy changes, we think you are, put simply, wow. That is why we decided to sit down with Hannah Starkey. She is a wife to her husband Drew and mum to her four-month-old daughter Theodora (Teddy). Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Dove. [read more]

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    Friday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Jews in east Ukraine city told to ‘register’ with pro-Russian forces. In abhorrent news, Jews living in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk have reportedly been told to ‘register’ with the pro-Russian forces in the area. People of Jewish faith were apparently told they would need to hand over a list of the property they own and pay a fee – or face deportation. The US authorities have said that the leaflets making the orders appeared even as pro- and anti-Russian tensions have been rising in the area. Previously, it was reported that Jews leaving a synagogue in Donetsk [read more]

  • unschooling in Australia

    Don’t send your kids to school and they’ll go on to get a PhD. Wait, what?

                There are no classes, no teachers, and no tests. There is still reading and arithmetic, but kids are expected to learn these skills through the course of everyday life. Basically, children are given control over their own education – with no specific curriculum. Welcome to the world of ‘no schooling’. Otherwise known as, un-schooling. 60 Minutes investigated this new trend in schooling last night, and spoke to Rachael Clark – a mother who has chosen un-schooling for her children. “It’s allowing my children to learn naturally through their passions and what they enjoy to [read more]

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    In this community, having your period lowers your status to that of a dog.

            For Radha, dinner is served at 7. She crouches down behind a shed, a good distance from her house, then waits. She knows what the menu will be: boiled rice, the same as yesterday and the day before. She knows that it will be her little sister who will serve it, throwing the rice onto her plate from a height, the way you would feed a dog. In Jamu, Radha’s village in western Nepal, her status is lower than a dog’s, because she is menstruating. She is only 16, yet, for the length of her period, [read more]

  • The mother and daughter have been homeless since early January

    The prospect of being without a home is frightening – especially when children are involved.

              Like thousands of people in and around Melbourne, Sarah* lived in private rental with her husband and child. They were on a single income and after the death of her mum, Sarah was diagnosed with severe depression. The couple were struggling to cope and had fallen behind in their rent. By the time Sarah found us at Homeless Law, there was an eviction order and police were going to remove the family from their home in seven days. They were behind in the rent by about $400 and the landlord wanted to move back into [read more]

  • Why porn is not sex

    Shocking proof that watching porn can influence behaviour – in the most tragic way.

            This story is absolutely shocking – and does away with the claims that watching porn has ‘no effect’ on young men. A 12-year-old UK boy who raped his seven-year-old sister – after watching hard-core porn on an Xbox at his friend’s house – has avoided a custodial sentence. The boy, now 13, admitted to all the offences he was accused of, including rape and indecent assault. Instead of a sentence, the judge imposed a 12-month referral order – saying that he didn’t want to take the boy away from his family. Even his sister, the seven-year-old [read more]

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    5 reasons why my cancer was a gift.

                By LAURIE MARSDEN Cancer took me by surprise.  I thought I was too young, I had no family history, and most importantly I really had no breasts.  When I was 16 and a 32AA, my brother said (truthfully) that mozzie bites were bigger.  Nothing much changed as I grew older. Except, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  And my world became a blur of surgeries and treatment. It was a truly shitty experience, and yet paradoxically it was a real gift.  Here’s why: 1. It clarified my life. All those worries that seemed so important [read more]

  • Ellen Page

    Bravo, Ellen Page.

      The next eight minutes will go very quickly, but they will be worth it. Speaking at a conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth in the US, Juno actress Ellen Page has revealed that she is a lesbian. But, that is not all she said. The 26-year-old then went on to address the social workers and youth there about the importance of LGBT welfare, and why gay rights are human rights. And it is the most eloquent, powerful display of oration you will watch today. Take a look:

  • parents leaving kids in the car

    She didn’t remember leaving her child in the car. By the time she realised, it was too late.

      It is one of the most tragic mistakes imaginable. But if experts are to be believed, it could happen to any of us. A mother of three named Jayde Poole is currently on trial for the manslaughter of her almost-six-month-old daughter, Bella. Back in December 2012, Poole frantically called the police to report a kidnapping after discovering that Bella was not in her cot. But when police arrived and searched the Bendigo property, they found Bella buckled in her baby seat. In the back seat of the car. Ms Poole had reportedly had no idea that she was there. [read more]

  • adoption parties 4

    It’s like picking a puppy. Except the puppies are human children.

              Imagine you and your family go out one day to choose a new puppy. You walk up to the pen and see numerous little nuggets running around and looking longingly into your eyes, begging you to take them home. Now imagine this same situation but bigger. Imagine 50 puppies in a room filled with toys and snacks. And now imagine those puppies are children. And the people standing around them? Imagine they are not potential owners but rather – imagine that they are the kids’ potential parents. Welcome to the world of Adoption Activity Days [read more]

  • schizophrenia

    “My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 17.”

          At 6.30am one morning in 2009 I walked into my 17 year old son’s bedroom and cheerily called out, “Morning honey – how did you sleep?”, as I did each and every morning to encourage the little treasure to drag himself out of bed and head off to school. He was sitting his HSC that year, was a little quieter than his usual fairly quiet self, and hadn’t been doing much socialising. Good for him! I thought. My very sensible son wasn’t out partying, chasing girls and getting wasted, he was at home with his family, locked [read more]

  • An Italian woman was given a c-section against her will

    Wednesday’s news in under 5 minutes

    News Update: A team of international researchers has found that babies that die from SIDS have brain stem abnormalities. The condition is present regardless of whether babies are exposed to suffocation or co-sleeping.  The international research team which includes a scientist from Melbourne, will now focus on developing a blood screening test to detect the presence of the risk of SIDS in a child’s first year. 1. Forced caesarean mother’s case continues     In the UK the Judge in charge of the High Court (the President of the Family Division) has heard more on the case of the Italian [read more]

  • pregnant tummy

    They took her baby from her womb without her permission

                It was June last year, an Italian woman eight-months pregnant with her third child was in the UK for a two-week training course with a budget airline. It was meant to be a routine trip. It ended up as a nightmare, with the woman being detained in hospital and her baby forcibly removed whilst still in her womb. The baby is now 15-months old and has never been allowed to live with her mother. The details of how the woman ended up detained in a mental hospital are sketchy, and the woman’s identity is [read more]

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    Monday’s news in under 5 minutes

    1. Unborn baby taken       In the UK a pregnant woman has had her unborn baby girl forcibly removed by caesarean after social workers obtained a court order because she had suffered a mental breakdown. The girl who is now 15 months old is the subject of legal hearings into her care. The Italian woman had not even been warned that she would be given a forced caesarean. It is not believed a natural birth would have posed a risk to her or the child’s health. To read more go to this post “Pregnant woman has unborn baby [read more]

  • Felix has profound hearing loss.

    Loud and proud to give deaf kids the gift of sound and speech.

              By JO WILLIAMS When our beautiful son Felix was born, the last thing that crossed our minds was that he might be deaf. When Felix was diagnosed with profound hearing loss there were a raft of emotions, closely followed by a barrage of questions we couldn’t answer – would he ever hear our voices? Would he learn to speak? What would his life be like? Like other newborns, Felix was screened as part of the NSW State-wide Infant Screening – Hearing (SWISH) program; his hearing was flagged as a potential problem.  He was screened again [read more]

  • News

    How does a parent just “forget” their child?

        BY MAMAMIA TEAM It’s a story that’s almost too tragic to tell. A Perth dad drives to a childcare centre in Helena Valley to collect his 11-month-old son. He walks into the Ladybugs Early Learning Centre and asks the staff for his son, only to be told that the boy never arrived at day care that morning. No one dropped him off. Only minutes later, the 11 month old is found strapped into the car seat of his dad’s Honda Civic. He’s not breathing. Staff from the childcare centre try desperately to administer first aid and CPR to the [read more]

  • Sarah Stephens (photo via Sacremento Sheriff)

    Authorities told this mum not to breastfeed. She did it anyway and now she’s been charged with murder.

              By BERN MORLEY When is breast not best? When a baby dies as a result, that’s when… In this tragic story where absolutely no one wins, California mother Sarah Stephens has been charged with the murder of her eight-month-old son, Ryder Salmen, after he died from a drug overdose. Ryder was found with high levels of morphine in his system after being breastfed by his 32-year-old mother. This still happened after she was expressly warned by health authorities to stop breastfeeding her son due to the danger and possible ramifications of her drug addiction. Was [read more]

  • Why I choose to remember my rape.

    Why I choose to remember my rape.

        WARNING: The following content includes graphic descriptions of abuse. If this is a trigger subject for you, you may want to sit this one out. By ALLISON MCCARTHY In news that sounds more like the work of science fiction, The Washington Post reported that MIT scientists were able to successfully implant false memories into a mouse’s brain through optogenetics, which uses light to switch activity on and off for each brain cell in a living animal. The study’s authors claim this type of research could one day help treat emotional issues in human beings, including disorders that involve the invasion of [read more]

  • "Isn't that the train station there?"

    The train door slams. And she jumps.

        WARNING: This article deals with suicide and self harm, and  may be triggering for some readers.  By SAMANTHA MAWDSLEY I saw her as soon as I walked out of the front door at work. She was young, tiny and skittish. She should not have been out this late on her own. I was on my way from the closing shift at the pub and I had a friend walking me home. She swung around at the sound of our voices, but hurriedly turned away and kept walking. I fell in step behind her and she stole a look, [read more]

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    To everyone else he was a hero. But behind closed doors…

                WARNING: This post may be distressing for someone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or violence.  By KATE SMITH Every year as Anzac Day draws near sadness engulfs me, an overwhelming sadness triggered by talking to friends who march for their forefathers, cheer their family on as they march, or simply commemorate and pay tribute to their fallen loved ones. I can’t do that. I don’t speak about my grandfather who fought for England in the war, and who proudly wore badges of bravery. No. The fact is I despise him and [read more]

  • "I mouthed 'run... run' to her."

    SHARE: How to talk to a friend who is in an abusive relationship.

                By WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA We would all like to believe that the people we know and love – our family members, friends, neighbours and colleagues – live free from violence. However, statistics reveal that one in three Australian women over the age of 15 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives. Violence against women transcends the boundaries of age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, and socio-economic status. It can happen to anyone and many women deal with it alone. It can be difficult to know how to appropriately offer [read more]

  • Former child labourer, Chanhsy, now working as a market gardener. Photo Credit: World Vision

    These kids deserve a childhood.

        By GABRIELLE BROPHY I have just returned from Cambodia, a country of gentle and sincere people spread across a beautiful landscape. But behind the beauty, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, with one third of the population living on less than $2 per day. Fifteen years after the death of Pol Pot, Cambodia is still recovering from the horrific Khmer regime and genocide. During my time there, I visited a street outreach project that has been set up to help children working as rag pickers. It isn’t run by teachers or social workers. Instead, [read more]

  • Amanda Berry

    An expert takes us inside the minds of Cleveland’s kidnapped women.

    by SARAH WAYLAND Imagine for a moment stepping back in to the life you lived a decade ago. You might look quite similar, you know where you came from, who your family are, but your reflection will be tainted and tweaked by the experiences you’ve endured during that time. It’s you, but a different you. Every fifteen minutes someone is reported missing to a law enforcement agency in Australia. While the majority of those are located within one month; over 1600 people remain missing for longer than six months. These families, at this very moment, are waiting for the knock [read more]

  • Catherine Deveny

    Seriously good news for women everywhere.

          By CATHERINE DEVENY Awesome news for feminism, childcare workers, kids, parents and single older homeless women sleeping in cars. After a passionate and determined United Voice campaign Big Steps, Australia’s childcare professionals have received a substantial raise. *sound effect of the whole nation exhaling as they say ‘about bloody time!’* To be more concise our childcare professionals are finally getting the long overdue correction they deserve. And with it comes respect and recognition for some of our most loved and lowest paid workers. It will also contribute to a high quality and skilled childcare sector. And, strap [read more]

  • Kim Jong Un

    Saturday’s news in under 2 minutes.

          1. The question everyone is asking today: How worried do we need to be about North Korea? Dictator Kim Jong-un has threatened nuclear war, and warned that the safety of foreign diplomats in his country cannot be guaranteed beyond April 10. Pyongyang has moved a second mid-range missile to the country’s east coast. In response, South Korea has placed two warships with missiles on the east and west coastlines. This week the US also strengthened their own military operations on the South Korean coast, to act as a deterrent. 3. Pope Francis has called for action on sex [read more]

  • Lisa Long writes: 'I am Adam Lanza's mother'

    “I am Adam Lanza’s mother”

      By LIZA LONG Friday’s horrific national tragedy—the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, Connecticut—has ignited a new discussion on violence in America. In kitchens and coffee shops across the country, we tearfully debate the many faces of violence in America: gun culture, media violence, lack of mental health services, overt and covert wars abroad, religion, politics and the way we raise our children. Liza Long, a writer based in Boise, says it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness. Three days before 20 year-old [read more]

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    What it feels like to lose a baby.

    ; ; ; ; ; by MIA FREEDMAN Seven weeks ago today, friends of mine lost their precious son. He was their first child, a beautiful boy called Leo and he died the day after he was born. In all the photos I’ve seen of him, Leo looks nothing like a sick baby. A mop of black hair. Plump, squeezable thighs. Pudgy little arms. A sturdy body. A kind, peaceful face. Somehow, this robustness made his death even harder to fathom for anyone, let alone his parents whose hearts shattered into a thousand pieces the moment they understood he wasn’t [read more]

  • adoption

    ‘The adopted child I’m still waiting to meet.’

            by TABITHA THOMPSON Our friends and family often ask “Any word yet?” and my usual, uniform response is “Not yet, still playing the waiting game.” Having waded through the endless paper work, the information nights, the training sessions, the assessment and the subsequent approval to locally adopt or permanently care for a child, my husband and I had expectations. These expectations have been slowly dwindling, shrinking to fit the mould of what our social worker had told us in the beginning, “Tthink of this process as a pregnancy”, our own ideas and the actual truth of [read more]

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    “My brother sexually abused me. And I’m speaking up.”

          By ANONYMOUS Like thousands of others I am a survivor of child sexual abuse. The offender was my older brother, a troubled soul who ultimately killed himself more than a decade ago. I came to forgive him for the years of abuse and in doing so have been able to live a life in which my history has taken very little of my attention and I’ve given my all to the present and the future. I am proud of the life I live, proud I was not beaten by the shame and humiliation of my past, proud [read more]

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    ‘There’s a placenta in my freezer’

          by LINDY ALEXANDER I have a placenta in my freezer. It’s been there since the birth of my son in February. I had to sign it out of the birthing centre, and then it was officially ours. We took the placenta (I never know if I should refer to it as my placenta or my son’s?) home in a bright yellow bag with the words “biohazard” written firmly on the side. I wrapped it in a black garbage bag and put it in the freezer. It was at that point that I started to wonder what I [read more]