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Past articles by Helen:

"A fierce defender of his family." What Venus and Serena Williams' dad was really like.

Serena Williams dad: The true story of Richard Williams, played by Will Smith, who just won an Oscar for Best Actor, thanks to his role in King Richard. → Read More

Do I really want to have kids? A psychologist shares the 3 questions to ask yourself.

Do I want kids? The 3 questions from a psychologist to ask yourself to find out if you really want to have children, plus from people who have kids. → Read More

Kate was 35 weeks pregnant, in the middle of bushfires, when her baby suddenly stopped moving.

Postpartum anxiety personal story: Kate's first was 35 weeks pregnant, in the middle of bushfires, when her baby stopped moving. → Read More

On Saturday, Sam Newman's texts to his wife were unanswered. He came home to a nightmare.

On Saturday, Sam Newman's texts to his wife were unanswered. He came home to a nightmare. Here's what's happened since the passing of Amanda Brown. → Read More

Frances McDormand was offered the chance to meet her birth mother in her late teens. She refused.

Everything we know about Frances McDormand, and her unusual upbringing. Frances Mcdormand won best actress for her role in Nomadland. → Read More

When Zubeyda was turned away from hospital, her sister intervened. It saved her baby's life.

Zubeyda went into pre-labour at 24 weeks, and was told her baby wouldn't survive. After unimaginable trauma, she was told she has an incompetent cervix. → Read More

An ad wants to show the reality of breastfeeding. But the uncensored version won't be aired.

The 60-second ad had an MA 15+ rating slapped on it. → Read More

A famous husband and 5 'feral' sons: Sophie Ellis-Bextor's life after 'Murder on the Dancefloor'.

In 2000, Sophie Ellis-Bextor was known for her hit single 'Murder on the Dancefloor'. Now, she's mum to five "feral" sons. → Read More

"I'm saving $320 a month": How COVID has affected what Aussie women spend on rent.

If you're living in major cities such as Sydney or Melbourne, now is the perfect time to ask for a rent reduction. Mamamia's writer Helen explains. → Read More

Flora, Wilfred, Ludo: Why posh baby names could have their moment in 2021.

From Ottilie to Flora and Wilfred. → Read More

16-year-old Fawn Cox was murdered in her bed. 31 years later, DNA uncovered her killer.

Fawn Cox was 16 when a man climbed through her window and killed her, while her family were asleep downstairs. It took 31 years to solve. → Read More

Three teenage sisters who were 'one grand experiment': The real-life Queen’s Gambit.

The Queen's Gambit true story: Netflix's The Queen's Gambit follows a chess prodigy from the 1960s. But the 1980s birthed three famous chess sisters. → Read More

In 1974, Carla Walker was brutally murdered. 46 years on, her killer may have been found.

Carla Walker murder: 46 years after a high-school cheerleader Carla Walker was raped and murdered in her small home town, a man has been arrested. → Read More

The most popular baby names for 2020 speaks volumes about the year we've all had.

COVID baby names: It’s starting to look like COVID-19 could really be starting to influence the names being chosen by parents right now. → Read More

From nose jobs to liposuction: Four women on the reality of cosmetic surgery.

From nose jobs to liposuction and boob jobs: Four women share the reality of cosmetic surgery including its cost, recovery and results. → Read More

When 14-year-old Sheila came home from a sleepover, she found 3 dead bodies in her home.

When 14-year-old Sheila came home from a sleepover, she found 3 dead bodies in her living room. This is the stories of the Keddie murders. → Read More

The Pyjama Girl was on public display in Sydney for almost a decade. Her murder remains a mystery.

From 1934 to 1942, the body of a woman found dressed in yellow silk pyjamas was kept preserved. She was named the Pyjama Girl. This is her story. → Read More

While Michelle McNamara was hunting the Golden State Killer, her own life was falling apart.

Michelle McNamara death: How Michelle McNamara's life fell apart as she was hunting the Golden State Killer and writing her book I’ll Be Gone In The Dark. → Read More

Traci Lords was one of the biggest adult movie stars of the 80s. She was underage her entire career.

In the 1980s, Traci Lords was one of the biggest adult film actresses in the industry. After her having starred in many roles, her real age was revealed. → Read More

The mum who named her twins Callum and Ari, and 11 other stories of baby name regret.

Baby name regret stories: We asked 12 parents to share their stories of baby name regret, including names that were too common or had interesting initials. → Read More