A mother who suffered permanent injuries from child birth is speaking out against a push in natural deliveries to reduce the rate of caesareans. Former personal trainer Amy Dawes suffered a stage two bladder and bowel prolapse after her daughter Eliya was delivered via the forceps method in December 2013. The injury meant she couldn't lift her daughter or run after her. 'You never think at 35 years of age that your body could be broken beyond repair,' she said. 'Having to think how I get out of bed in the morning, having to manage how I move. 'I can't say I feel 80 years of age but I feel older than my years.' The Brisbane woman's pelvic floor muscle was completely torn from her pubic bone when she gave birth in a New South Wales public hospital, aged 32. Her physiotherapist has advised her to avoid lifting heavy objects. 'I do think I'm altered as a person because of how different my life is,' Ms Dawes said. 'This is such a sensitive subject - It's very hard to get women to talk about it.'
Man, 41, known as 'The Wolf' who built up a huge following on a fetish website and wrote a book about his 'amazing sexual encounters' is unmasked after being charged with RAPE
Sydney man Liam Murphy (main) who posted on a social media site for people with kinks - called FetLife - and published a book (inset) about his claimed sexual exploits has been charged with rape. Mr Murphy had a large online following after detailing what he said were his sexual experiences online and in his book. But after being arrested in October and charged with allegedly raping a woman in a Kings Cross hotel, his identity has been revealed.
Hamish and Zoe Foster-Blake are criticised for 'sharenting' after they splash endless photos of their adorable two-year-old boy all over Instagram... but are YOU guilty of it?
NEW Australian golden couple Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake (left and right) have been criticised for over-sharing pictures of their young boy Sonny (inset) with their one million followers on social media. Writer Angela Mollard said it was only a matter of time before Sonny's cute pictures led to creepy fandom, and there was no telling whether he would resent the attention when he grew older.
People wanted to kill me, says Harry's girl: Meghan Markle opened up to PIERS MORGAN about dating, death threats and her most embarrassing TV moment to date
Meghan Markle's attitudes to relationships, the death threats she's received, and some of the dubious TV jobs she's taken can be revealed - thanks to a wide-ranging conversation she had with Mail on Sunday columnist Piers Morgan over a dirty martini in a London pub. Piers met the American actress in London in June, months before the world learned about her Royal relationship. She hinted about a 'persistent' man in her life - and the very next night, she was seen with Prince Harry at fashionable members' club Soho House.
Love nest! Inside Pete Stefanovic and fiancée Sylvia Jeffreys' $2.7m luxury home they snapped up ahead of their wedding
The happy couple got engaged in July and since returning to Sydney have been living in Bondi. But it seems media power couple Peter Stefanovic and Sylvia Jeffreys will soon call Double Bay home, after the lovebirds purchased a new property together in the exclusive Sydney suburb. The new luxury two-story abode within the cosmopolitan eastern suburbs reportedly cost the couple $2.7 million.
'Rot in hell Bronson': Heavily tattooed bikie enforcer known as 'Lizard Man' and his ex-girlfriend, 20, found dead in Gold Coast apartment - as her mother blames him for her daughter's death
Former bikie enforcer Bronson Ellery (right), 24, known to police as Lizard man, because of his tattooed face (inset), and his ex-girlfriend Shelsea Schilling (pictured left with Ellery), 20, were found dead in a Gold Coast apartment on Friday afternoon. Ellery is a former Bandido bikie associate who had in recent years been in and out of jail. The sudden deaths have sparked a homicide investigation by police who have set up a crime scene at the ground floor unit, which is located between a cafe and an industrial area. In a press conference held on Saturday Detective Senior Sergeant Matthew Ward said police believe the pair died in 'unknown circumstances.' Ms Schilling's mother Bonnie Markwell Mobbs took to social media in a chilling Facebook post following her daughter's death. 'B****** had no life took his and my baby girl. Rott (sic) in hell Bronson. Let my angle be safe,' she wrote.
From a modest home built by her father to the future First Lady of the White House: Melania Trump is the daughter of a car parts salesman - but she always dreamed of a jet set lifestyle
She's set to become America's First Lady, with a life cossetted in the extravagant luxury afforded only to the super-rich. And although Melania Trump's existence today (left) as the wife of a billionaire is far removed from her childhood (inset) in a communist state, it is the fulfilment of the dreams that she nurtured living in her own white house as a 16-year-old. Now The Mail on Sunday has gone back to the young Melania's home town, spoken to some of her school friends - and tracked down that white house built by her father (top right).
Film-maker Michael Moore is blocked by Secret Service on the fourth floor of Trump Tower from confronting the President-elect - before joining thousands of protesters in the streets of New York
Film-maker Michael Moore has called on Donald Trump to step down as President-elect before he even takes office, before joining thousands of protesters in the streets of Manhattan. After making his way into the Donald's Central Park skyscraper, Moore attempted to get to Trump's office (right). However, he was stopped from going to Trump's office, and then let the building to join protesters outside (left). Moore also tweeted about the incident, demanding Trump step aside (inset).
The Firm out in force: Kate and William join senior royals to honour nation's war dead at the Festival of Remembrance in London
Kate and William (left) have joined the Queen, Prince Philip (right) and other members of the Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall for the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance. This year the event will mark the centenaries of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland, the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War and the and the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Supermarine Spitfire. Other royals attending the service on Saturday included the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (inset) and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex.
How Brothers 4 Life's Farhad Quami went to war with his gang as he set up a new chapter to give Sydney's underworld 'something they've never seen before'
The story of a notorious Sydney gang's internal war has played out before a court as details of conflict between two chapters of the Brothers 4 Life gang were revealed during a trial. The court heard how Farhad Quami (right) - who wanted to 'give Sydney something they've never seen before' - set up a new chapter of the gang after being released from prison in 2013. He'd been in Goulburn Supermax where B4L leader Bassam Hamzy (left) gave consent for the move. But Quami began to go after a leader of the Bankstown chapter, Mohammed 'Little Crazy' Hamzy (centre). The ensuing war resulted in several deaths and injuries before Quami was arrested.
'I was very creeped out': Blogger who travels the world posting breathtaking photos on Instagram discovers that a woman is following her and taking the exact SAME images
Australian travel bloggers Lauren Bullen (left) and boyfriend Jack Morris found another couple were going to the same locations and re-creating their shots identically (right), down to the angles, poses and clothes. At least 20 of their photos from their Instagram accounts were copied almost exactly. 'I was very creeped out and disturbed when I saw the images,' Ms Bullen said.
'Acqua alta' phenomenon sees Venice under water as thousands of furious protesters carrying suitcases take a stand against damage done to their city by tourism
Venetians braved flooding in the city called the 'acqua alta' to protest against the high cost of living and erosion of city buildings that have forced thousands to move out to the suburbs. Hundreds of locals, carrying suitcases to symbolize their steady exodus from their beloved city, traipsed over the bridges that crisscross canals, on a path that took them to City Hall. At the protest's conclusion, one of their leaders dressed as a doge, a figure who was a prestigious official in the glory days of the Venice Republic, and rode in a gondola. The Italian city's daytime population swells during the day, when many Venetians who now live on the mainland commute to the historic center for jobs, many of them in hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops serving tourists.
'I should be so lucky!' Prince Harry announces that Sydney will host the 2018 Invictus Games in hilarious video featuring a Kylie Minogue ringtone on his phone
Prince Harry (left) announced Sydney (inset) will play host to the Invictus Games in 2018. Over 500 military competitors from 17 countries will compete in sports. Founded by the Prince, the games use sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women and their supportive families. Iconic Australian singer Kylie Minogue (right) made an appearance during the Prince's video message, she said: 'we're stoked The Invictus Games are coming to Sydney'.
Not a political heavyweight anymore! Former Federal MP Clive Palmer cuts a slim figure after shedding a massive 40kg - and he says ANYONE can do it
He was known in politics for being larger than life, but former Queensland MP Clive Palmer is cutting a dazzlingly slimmer figure after turning to ealth food delivery diet Lite n' Easy (right). The former mining magnate-turned-politician has taken to social media to announce he lost a staggering 40kg in four months, before offering some words of wisdom to anyone with an eye on slimming down. The former Palmer United party leader weighed over 150kg at his heaviest (left), before he was spurred into action after a health scare which saw him suffer chest pains at an A-League match.
Ripped female bodybuilder with an incredible 'ZERO per cent' body fat shows off her trim physique - but sparks debate over whether she's healthy
The woman, believed to be from the US, filmed herself striking a series of poses to display her muscly figure - including her washboard abs. However, some social media users suggested that it was 'dangerous' for her to sculpt her body in this way. One person described it as 'a step too far', while another suggested it was 'bad for her body'.
Next level food porn: Colourful unicorn toast is the newest breakfast trend to sweep Instagram... and it's pretty magical
Forget boring old toast and peanut butter - breakfast need never be beige again. Food stylist, Adeline Waugh, from Miami, is the brains behind 'unicorn toast' (pictured) - a brightly-coloured breakfast trend made from bread, cream cheese and natural ingredients on toast such as turmeric root, blueberry powder and beetroot juice. The trend is currently sweeping Instagram and gaining thousands of fans.
Horrifying moment a baby boy is DROPPED 30ft to his death down the side of an escalator after his grandmother lost her footing
Devastating CCTV footage from China shows a grandmother accidentally dropping her four-month-old grandson 30ft down the side of an escalator to its death after she lost her footing and let go of him. The baby boy was reportedly rushed to hospital but died in the early hours of this morning.
'I didn't know how to cross the road': Former child soldier and NSW Australian of the Year Deng Thiak Adut opens up about his incredible journey - and reveals how The Wiggles helped him learn English
When Deng Thiak Adut (pictured) arrived in Australia, it was as if he'd flown to Neptune. For the former child soldier, a new life away from his war-torn African homeland was like nothing he'd ever experienced before. Touching down in Sydney, the recently named NSW Australian of the Year 2017 was struck by the neon lights, the cleanliness, the looks on people's faces and the weather. The 33-year-old has now told his remarkable journey across the world in an autobiography, saying when he first arrived in Australia he didn't know how to speak English and so would watch The Wiggles with his younger nephew.
Criminal lawyer and Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gina Liano, 50, reveals the secrets that make her more body confident than EVER
Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gina Liano (left and right) said she hoped to inspire other middle-aged women to love the skin they were in. In a candid interview she revealed the secrets behind her own body-confidence. She said: 'I'm 50 and, if I do a glamorous shot, I think it can be quite inspiring for other women my age.'
Going underground: Detailed plans reveal subterranean doomsday village complete with a golf course, spas, helipads and an equestrian center
Trident Lakes is a $300million development in the small city of Ector, Texas, (top right) where investors are plotting to create the subterranean world over 700 acres of land. The complex will be signposted above ground by a massive fountain with a statue of Poseidon towering 50ft above it. Developers believe they have tapped into a gap in the market for wealthy Texans who are eager to prepare for the worst. 'The initial perception is that it's defined as a doomsday scenario. 'I'm trying to change the perception to a long-term sustainable community, with the concept of a 200-year community.
'You're an old fat wh**e': Road rage argument gets VERY personal after a woman refuses to reverse her car to let horseboxes go past
The row over the woman moving her car descended into a bizarre war of words about her weight. At one point in the footage, the woman gets out of her car and appears to go to kick the man. She then gets back into her vehicle, saying: 'Call the police 'cause I ain't f***ing moving'. The incident is believed to have taken place in the UK, but the exact location is not known.
How 'America's newest serial killer' built a successful real estate firm during his killing spree - and was known for watching porn at work and talking about being a sex offender
Todd Kohlhepp (left and right) is said to have exhibited a wealth of strange behavior that sent shivers down the spines of those who knew the now-confessed serial killed. His strange acts included watching pornographic videos during work, making macabre jokes in marketing literature and openly discussing that he was a sex offender. But, despite the creepy behavior, he was an award-winning agent described as a hard worker and good boss. All the while, authorities say, he was hiding a grisly secret that included seven killings over 13 years. He gunned down four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003 and within the last year killed three more, authorities said. The crimes were uncovered earlier this month when investigators found Kala Brown (inset, left) - who had been missing for two months - was found 'chained like a dog' inside a shipping container on his rural land. Police are said to have rescued her after hearing a banging sound when they arrived at Kohlhepp's property with a search warrant. The body of her boyfriend Charlie Carver (inset, right), 32, was also found at the property.
The grass really is greener over here! Joyous dogs leap through a field of tall grass in hilariously adorable video
An adorable video of dogs leaping through tall grass is making the rounds online as half a dozen pooches prance like antelopes. The 40-second clip posted to YouTube on Wednesday shows the excited pups being let loose in a field of tall green grass. The dogs of all different breeds and sizes dart off into the field without a care in the world.As they leap through the grass, they seem to be swimming like dolphin in water. Each dog pops up as it leaps through the grass and then disappears as it land again. The woman filming the dogs laughs as the goofy pups leap through the field.
Fraudster, 26, conned businesses and the public out of $500,000 before fleeing to South America to live a 'Champagne lifestyle' with his prostitute girlfriend
Marcus Elliot, 26, fleeced victims out of $500,000 and spent the money on a lavish lifestyle, enjoying luxury meals, buying expensive speedboats, cigars and a Playboy membership. He leased shipping containers and said he would pay a fixed monthly fee and rent them on to the public. However he sold the containers on eBay and pocketed the money instead. In another ruse, he also sold people containers that simply did not exist. When he stopped paying his monthly bill to one firm, they investigated and found he had fled to South America.
Aspiring weatherman arrested for starting a forest FIRE so he could film himself reporting on it in desperate bid to draw viewers to his Facebook channel
Johnny Mullins, 21, from Jenkins, Kentucky, filmed himself at the scene of one fire last week and uploaded it to Facebook in one of his self-styled and produced 'weather outlook' videos. The 21-year-old was later arrested and told officers he started the fire because he liked the attention it brought him, according to Jenkins Police Department. He is facing one count of second degree arson. In videos uploaded to his page last week, he coughed and spluttered as he fought his way through smoke to report from the scene.
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'Welcome to the family!' Brother and sister capture the hearts of thousands after their new sibling proudly shares photos of the joyous moment their adoption is finalised
While the rest of the country anxiously awaited the results of the presidential election, the Scudder family from Murrieta, California, spent Tuesday afternoon finalizing the adoption of Veronica, three, and Preston, one. Kylie, who is now the siblings' older sister, proudly took to Twitter after the adoption was made official to share photos of Veronica and Preston beaming for the camera.
Driver's $180,000 Ferrari with SEXYF1 number plate explodes into flames - and then his bank card, money and laptop are stolen during the chaos
Tan Shukla probably wished he stayed at home on Saturday after his $180k Ferrari exploded into flames after he stopped to use an ATM in the Sydney suburb of Lalor Park. And if things weren't bad enough, Mr Shukla's ATM card and money were pinched, while a man helping extinguish the fire then preceded to steal the Ferrari owners laptop.
From a face-planting fox to a bear getting bested by a salmon: Winners of the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards revealed
They can fearsome hunters and majestic guardians of the natural world, but animals have a funny side, too. The winners of the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have finally been announced, and the top-ranking image of a fox face-planting in the snow is sure to make you laugh. There were more than 2,200 entries from around the world, but now, the judges have weeded out the best to reveal the funniest moments in nature caught on camera.