Happy Mother’s Day!

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I hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

World Doula Week

Happy World Doula Week!

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“The purpose of World Doula Week is to empower doulas to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns, and families in birth and in the postpartum period.”

Join in on the conversation and events on Facebook!  – World Doula Week

A Birth Doula is a professional that provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.

Examples of Doula Support During
Vaginal & Cesarean Births
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Postpartum Doulas help make the transition into parenthood easier for new parents. She educates and supports the family so that feel capable of caring for their newborn. I am currently working on become certified as a Postpartum Doula with CAPPA!

A Postpartum Doula Offers

  • Physical support
  • Emotional Support
  • Spiritual Support
  • Breastfeeding and bottle feeding support and tips
  • Baby care instruction
  • Household assistance
  • Sibling care
  • Meal preparation
  • Errand running

CAPPA, 2015

The Importance of Prenatal Care

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    Whether you are pregnant with your first or fifth child, your prenatal health is essential to the best birth and long term health for you and your baby. Prenatal care helps to reduce the risk of disease and promotes health and safety for the best possible outcome.

    With so many medical tests and information a mother receives during her pregnancy, it is hard to determine what tests are necessary. Blood pressure checks, urine tests, and blood tests are considered routine in most medical offices, where as, amniocentesis, glucose tolerance tests, and cordocentesis are more invasive and potentially harmful to the baby. The risks and benefits of these tests must be carefully considered. One of the best ways to assess your risks is to educated yourself about the procedure your doctor is wanting to perform. Read about it, ask questions to your health care provider, talk to others that have had the same procedure, become as informed as possible!

    The American Pregnancy Association has some great information on pregnancy and an entire section about prenatal tests that your doctor may want to perform, if he or she feels that there is cause for concern. Being informed is essential before proceeding with any medical tests or interventions during your pregnancy, labor, or birth!

     

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

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Please click on the links below for some great articles on staying healthy during pregnancy.

How to Stay Healthy While You Are Pregnant 

Planning Your Healthiest Pregnancy by Age

Stress During Pregnancy Affects Fetal Development

Extreme Morning Sickness

9 Tips to Prevent Flu During Pregnancy

Dental Care and Pregnancy Tips

Battling Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Should Not Be an Excuse to Stop Exercising

Women Trying to Conceive or in First 3 Months of Pregnancy, Should Not Drink Alcohol; New Guidelines Recommend

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Why Birth Matters

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The importance of how we are born and how we birth our children is a key component in prenatal and perinatal psychology. These early experiences help shape us as humans. Having a gentle birth allows for the best start for mother and baby; but also for humanity. Programs such as the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative – (Coalition for Improving Maternity Services), The World Health Organizations Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative – (WHO), and Baby Friendly USA – (Baby Friendly USA) have begun to implement the much needed preventions and evidence based measures to help mothers have healthier births. Preventing unnecessary medical or other  birth related trauma essential. How you were born and raised plays a large role in how we birth and raise our future children. It takes more than just awareness of the issue, it takes action and understanding to change policies and archaic methods that no longer benefit us as a society.

Here are a few videos from YouTube that touch on the importance of birth.

Midwives Know Birth Matters – YouTube Video

Birth Matters – A Song About a Very Important Event

Ina May Gaskin on Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta

You Might Need a Prenatal and Infant Psychology Specialist if…

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Early intervention is the best prevention.

  • Are you unsure whether you and your baby have bonded well or if something has gotten in the way of building a positive bond, such as a hospitalization for you or your baby, postpartum depression, adoption or foster care, extreme fussiness or severe parent stresses?
  • Does your baby have trouble taking in comfort by looking away, stiffening or arching away when held, or doesn’t calm down when comforted?
  • After 6 months of age, does your baby not show any stranger awareness or does not respond differently to parents and unfamiliar people?
  • Is your baby excessively clingy or anxious? Will he or she not move away from you even for a short distance to explore toys or interact with other children?
  • Are you having a hard time liking your baby, or if it seems as though most of your interactions are negative or upsetting?
  • Are you worried about your baby’s sleeping, feeding, toilet training, or other concerning behavior?
  • Do you feel that you overreact, yell, or hit your child, or feel extreme distress when your child shows certain typical or unusual behaviors?
  • Are you concerned about how your own experience of being birthed, raised, or parented might affect your own parenting?
  • Are you or your baby having trouble with breastfeeding or other feeding methods?

These are only a few examples of how prenatal and infant psychology could benefit you and your baby. If you are concerned about yourself or your baby, please contact contact me at InfantPsychology@gmail.com for more information.

“Attachment behavior is any form of behavior that results in a person attaining or maintaining proximity to some other clearly identified individual who is conceived as better able to cope with the world.”  – A Secure Base, John Bowlby

The Importance of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

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Growth and development are generally the only factors that individuals think about when it comes to the life of their unborn child. However, studying psychology provides a much clearer image of just how these developments are occurring. It is believed that consciousness, our personality, drives and ambitions, are all developed in the months between conception and birth. Taking a scientific approach, we are able to see that from conception we are remembering, feeling, and aware beings that have personalities and traits that will  continue to develop into adulthood. Women help shape the lives of their unborn children by events that happen to them while pregnant.  Her thoughts and feelings during pregnancy also play a major role. Communication between mother and child during these critical months is essential  How your child behaves cannot be predicted with absolutely certainty, however mothers that support the emotional and intellectual needs of their unborn, tend to have mentally healthy and happy children. A father’s role  is also essential to the health and wellbeing of the child. Bonding early will help parents have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with their children from the beginning.

Although this is only a small example of the importance of  Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology there are some great websites and resources below that can give you more information if you are interested.

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