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Attached at the Heart
January 2009
A Call for Evidence-Based Maternity Care
Despite recent trends toward high-intervention birth, research indicates that health outcomes for women who experience  techniques such as continuous electronic fetal monitoring, labor induction for low-risk women and cesarean surgery have not improved and have worsened in some cases.

In contrast, care practices that support a healthy labor and birth are unavailable to or underused with the majority of women in the United States. Evidence-Based Maternity Care, a report created by Childbirth Connection, the Reforming States Group and the Milbank Memorial Fund, suggests that medical practitioners can improve maternal health by allowing mothers to:
  • Let labor begin on its own.
  • Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor.
  • Bring a loved one, friend, or doula to the birth.
  • Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary.
  • Choose the most comfortable position to give birth and follow the body's urges to push.
  • Room in with Baby - it's best for mother, for baby, and for breastfeeding.
Debra Bingham, MS, RN, DrPH(c), Chair of the Lamaze International Institute for Normal Birth says, "As with any drug, we need to be sure that women and their babies receive the right dose of medical interventions. In the United States we are giving too high a dose of cesarean sections and other medical interventions which are causing harm to women and their babies. Yet there are many countries where life saving medical interventions are under dosed which can also cause harm. Every woman and her baby needs and deserves the right dose of medical interventions during childbirth."

Lamaze International has developed six research-based care practice papers that represent "gold-standard" maternity care. When used, these practices instill confidence in the laboring mother, and facilitate birth as a natural process that results in an active, healthy baby. Each one of the Lamaze care practices is cited in the Evidence-Based Maternity Care report as being underused in the U.S. maternity care system.

Attachment Parenting International supports Lamaze International's efforts to spread the word about best-practices in maternity care.

What You Can Do
Urge your care provider to consider these care practices, complete The Birth Survey to record your unique birth experiences, and read more about how to Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting in API's Eight Principles of Parenting.
Happy Valentine's Day, please support API! API: Be Mine!
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Pay homage to each and every person in your life who has provided you with love, connection, and nurturing: Purchase or renew an API membership.

With any membership purchased between now and February 28th, API will include a complementary 2009 teleseminar for the recipient of your choice. You will receive an e-card that you can print or email to the recipient for them to redeem at any time in 2009.
Teen Violence May Originate Much Earlier in Childhood

AP parents understand the importance of laying a solid foundation of love and attachment from the moment a child is born. Now a new study from Duke University confirms that this foundation may prevent teen violence years later.

The study followed 754 young people from preschool to adulthood, and observed that "adverse experiences" early in life could lead to poor academic problems and withdrawal of parental involvement, creating a "cascading effect" of minor behavior problems in childhood evolving into serious violent acts later on. The study cited both socio-economic and biological risks that could lead to this cascade effect.

The good news? "The findings indicate that these trajectories are not inevitable, but can be deflected at each subsequent era in development, through interactions with peers, school, and parents along the way," said lead author Kenneth A. Dodge, psychology and neuroscience professor and director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. "Successful early intervention could redirect paths of antisocial development to prevent serious violent behavior in adolescence."

Read the full article online, read more about how to Practice Positive Discipline in API's Eight Principles of Parenting, and
find out what other parents have to say about this article on our forums.

Dr. Gordon Neufeld on Ask API Live! The Truth About Consequences

With more and more research demonstrating that parents can take positive steps to reduce teen violence and other anti-social behavior, the importance of discipline comes into sharp focus.

Join former NBC anchor Lu Hanessian, API Co-Founder Barbara Nicholson, and acclaimed author Dr. Gordon Neufeld, author of Hold On To Your Kids, in a discussion of the Truth About Consequences: Taking the Punishment Out of Discipline on Ask API Live Monday, January 26th, at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific.

Discussion topics include:
  • Why parents get stuck on behavior.
  • Why children resist.
  • Getting to the heart of disobedience.
  • Turning toward a "misbehaving" child, instead of away.
  • Why parents blur the lines between punishment and discipline.
  • Discipline that nurtures instead of ruptures.
  • Staying connected in times of anger, anxiety and chaos.
API Members can register for just $9, a savings of more than 50%.
Discipline Without Distress by Judy ArnallDiscipline Without Distress
on API Reads this month!

We are now full swing discussing the book Discipline Without Distress by Judy Arnall on API Reads. 

Judy is very passionate about working with API to help share the message of a more positive parenting experience for families all around the world.

If you haven't visited the API Reads nook on our forums, take a peek at the lively discussions regarding rules, discipline styles, and other techniques offered in this informative book. Judy will be online with us in our forum next week: January 19-23

As an API member this is a FREE benefit to you. To obtain access, just email Stephanie with your full name and forum ID.

For February and March, we'll be discussing the book "Let the Baby Drive" by Lu Hanessian. This is a book in which you'll enjoy, get plenty of narratives from as well as experiences that you will be able to relate to. I look forward to joining you online for the discussion!

What, you're not a member yet? Sign up today to take advantage of all that API membership has to offer.
In This Issue
Standards in Maternity Care

Be Mine!

Causes of Teen Violence

The Truth About Consequences

Discipline Without Distress

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is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful, and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world.

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A New Year, a new beginning...
Dear Reader,
Each January, I relish the potential for new beginnings that the New Year brings. In 2009, Attachment Parenting International has much to celebrate: the impending release of Co-Founders Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker's book, Attached at the Heart; an exciting line-up for both API Reads and Ask API Live!; API's 15-year anniversary; and more!

So we've decided to celebrate not just New Year's Day, but all year long. The theme for these celebrations pays tribute not only to our Founders, but to what API is all about: Attached at the Heart.

Thank you for celebrating with us and may 2009 be a year of endless possibilities and new beginnings for you and your family.

Attachment Parenting International
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Alpharetta, Georgia 30032
(800) 850-8320 - phone and fax
Please feel free to contact us today!