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February 2007 
 API Links
 a monthly newsletter from Attachment Parenting International
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Welcome to the first issue of API Links, the new and improved monthly newsletter for Attachment Parenting International! This year promises to be an exciting year for API, and every issue of API Links will ensure that you'll be kept in the loop as to all the happenings at headquarters and beyond.

 Featured family: Nebraska miracle

Family Feature: Nebraska Miracle One morning in June, nearly three months before her due date, Rita Brhel woke up in a pool of blood at her home in northeast Nebraska. After a scary two-hour ambulance ride and four days of hospitalized bedrest, Rita gave birth to a 3 1/2-pound baby girl.

Rachel was born with Respiratory Distress Syndrome and suffered a number of other health conditions, from apnea and advanced jaundice to retinopathy of the eyes and heartbeat irregularities. She spent 50 days in the hospital, coming home three weeks before her original due date. Today, Rachel is a very healthy, happy 20-pounder with only a couple lasting effects from her prematurity.

Rita and her husband, Mike, credit much of their daughter's miraculous recovery to Attachment Parenting. It began when they were introduced to Kangaroo Care and pumping breastmilk in the hospital. Once they were home, they fully embraced Attachment Parenting and now enjoy an intense emotional bond within the entire family.

Click here for the full story from Rita's perspective 

 API news

API News: Leadership Changes Abound With a renewed push to move forward with the organization, API is opening 2007 with major changes in its leadership ranks. It is exciting to think of all the positive changes soon to take place in API, especially with the passion and expertise of the people leading this organization.

* API Co-founder Lysa Parker has stepped down from her post as Executive Director to take a place on API's Board of Directors. To fill the open position, the Board of Directors has appointed Christy Farr Ferrilli to Executive Director and Pam Stone to Managing Director.

*API welcomes three new Regional Directors to the API Leader Development team: Traci Singree, Stephanie Petters and Kendrah Nilsestuen.

Click here to learn more about these amazing women 

 Mark your calendars

April 3 - Parents as Teachers Conference (April 2-5) at St. Louis, Missouri - API Co-founders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker are giving a presentation entitled “Attachment Parenting in a Detached World.” For more information about the conference, visit: www.parentsasteachers.org.

July 20-23 - La Leche League International 50th Anniversary Conference at Chicago, Illinois - API will be included in the exhibits, and co-founders Barbara and Lysa are speaking at an alum session. For more information about the conference, visit: www.lalecheleague.org.

October 9-13 - Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh) 19th Anniversary Conference at Providence, Rhode Island - API will be sponsoring a pre-conference day on October 9 focusing on prevention of attachment issues between adoptive parents and infants or young children. For more information about the pre-conference session, send an e-mail.

Click here to keep up on the latest API events 

 Inside the pages of the AP Journal
 February 2007 - Striving for Balance

How many times have you berated yourself for not being “AP enough?” Do you find yourself scrawling WWTSD (What Would the Sears’ Do?) on your wrist?

We all struggle with achieving balance in our lives. Find out what Martha Sears, “professional mother” of eight and parenting expert has to say on the topic and how she handled her own parenting struggles. Martha Sears answers our questions about balance, her life as a parent and whether we are “AP enough” in the Balance issue of Attachment Parenting: The Journal of Attachment Parenting International. Members, look for the API Journal in your mailboxes this month!

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 Parent support group news

We are pleased to announce four new API Support Groups. Each was established in the last quarter of 2006:

 Wise words
 ~Thomas Bray

Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow.


 Wanted: Web site renovation

Looking for a way to help API further its efforts in promoting Attachment Parenting and supporting parents and professionals around the world?

API is in need of a complete renovation of its web site, www.attachmentparenting.org. API hopes to include the latest technology including a secure place for Attachment Parenting families to connect, expanded access to Attachment Parenting research and advocacy materials, improved API Leader and parent support group meeting information, and much more.

API needs your help!

Click here to learn what you can do 

 Join today!

Individual/Family Membership - $35/year
Benefits include:
  • Four issues of Attachment Parenting: The Journal of API
  • Membership in local parent support. (Join through your local API Support Group and $15 is retained for use in your community.)
  • Discounts on pricing and early registration for API conferences and select other events
  • Share your passion: Opportunity to become an API Leader, start a new parent support group or donate your skills to the API Headquarters Team

  • Professional Membership - $75/year
    API recommends this level of membership to individuals who promote AP through their professional endeavors. Membership is open to anyone whose job impacts the physical, psychological or emotional health of children and families.
    Benefits include:
  • All Individual/Family Membership benefits
  • Two extra outreach copies of quarterly Attachment Parenting: The Journal of API (total of three subscriptions)
  • Opportunity to purchase 25 additional copies of each issue of the API Journal for only $100 per year
  • Special invitation to professional events hosted by API or our partners
  • Access to professional brochures and materials, as they become available
  • Invitation to join online discussion forum of like- minded professionals

  • Click here to join API 

     Buy a Nursing Pillow and support API

    API welcomes Bela Baby as the first participant in our retail affiliate program.

    With the purchase of every "international innovation award"-winning Nurse-N-Glow nursing pillow, Bela Baby will donate $18 to API.

    Click here to support API through Bela Baby

    The mission of Attachment Parenting International (API) is to promote parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. These practices nurture and fulfill a child's need for trust, empathy and affection, providing a lifelong foundation for healthy, enduring relationships. Through education, support, advocacy and research, API seeks to strengthen families and increase awareness of the importance of secure attachment, ultimately helping to reduce or prevent child abuse, behavioral disorders, criminal acts and other serious social problems.

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    Rita Brhel, editor
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