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News on breastfeeding in public, tips for soothing a crying baby, and napping and bonding.
Sculpture Stands in Tribute to Maternal Love, Forgiveness
I see a pregnant woman, in the ugliness and harshness of this world, I
think that in order to make the decision to bring a child in this world,
she has probably forgiven humanity for all its sins, for all its
cruelty, for all its crimes against the planet and ultimately against
itself," the artist Alithinos states.
Children Can Usually Recover from Emotional Trauma
The good news is that most children exposed to trauma will probably heal. Psychiatrists say a supportive family helps.
|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
An Interview with Cara Osborne, Coauthor of The National Birth Center Study II
take away messages from this study for expectant parents are that birth
center care is safe and minimizes the likelihood that their baby will
need to be born by cesarean, and that if hospital care becomes
necessary, that transfer is very unlikely (1.9%) to be an emergency."
February 14 - A Day to Warm Your Heart!
API launches the API Warmline to serve families in urgent or distressing situations when information or support is not available on the API Forum or website.
Need urgent help? Nowhere else to turn? API comes to the rescue (again)!
urges families to first contact their local API parent group for
ongoing and local support or seek support on the API Forum. When local
support is not available, a message can be left at API's 800 number:
1-800-850-8320 for U.S. families, or a message sent to
this email address. The call will be returned by an accredited
Leader who can help. (As always, any life-threatening or medical calls
should go to your emergency 911 number.)
Donations to support this program can be made on the API website or sent to API, P.O. 4615, Alpharetta, GA 30023.
|Feed with Love and Respect
Breastmilk Reduces Risk of Sepsis and Intensive Care Costs in Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants
human breastmilk to very-low-birth-weight infants greatly reduces risk
for sepsis and significantly lowers associated neonatal intensive care
unit (NICU) costs.
Missouri Senator Seeks to Protect Breastfeeding Moms
bill introduced in the Missouri Senate would explicitly give women the
right to breastfeed in public. Current state law requires that women
breastfeed in public "with as much discretion as possible." The proposed
bill would remove that phrase from the law. It emphasizes that
breastfeeding is not sexual conduct or indecent exposure.
Breastfeeding Is on the Rise in America, CDC says
Good news for babies: The number of mothers breastfeeding is rising across America.
Available Now! The Attached Family: New Baby Issue
What's inside The Attached Family this month?
"New Science on Baby Brain Development and Stress" by investigative journalist Jonathan Cohn
"Navigating the Social Pressures of New Parenthood" with API leader Ingrid Prosch
"Benefits of a Natural Birth" with author Linda Folden Palmer
"Why Early Attachment Matters" with parenting expert, expert witness, and psychotherapist Peter Ernest Haiman, Ph.D.
... and more!
Access your copy today with your API Membership. Members click here (use login information provided in your email notice, or visit the API Member Forum). Not a member? Join today. It's free.
Frustration and Rage
as I'm about the pour a splash of vanilla into the shake I'm making for
my son, I hear two blood-curdling screams followed by the sight of my
older son, Everest, tearing around the corner with his 3 1/2 year old
brother, who has transformed into the Tazmanian devil, close behind.
Everest dashes behind my back to create a blockade between him and
Asher. Asher runs full-force toward his brother, but finds himself in my
|Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically
The Effect of Maternal Napping on Mother-Child Interactions
Even a few naps per week when you are significantly fatigued can help promote more positive interactions with your baby.
Mother-Baby Sleep Experts Offer Tips for Soothing Crying Babies, Giving Exhausted Mothers Alternatives to Crying It Out
having a baby who is "sleeping through the night" is something most
parents aspire to, the reality is that most babies wake frequently up to
12 months of age. It is the parents' job to help their babies return to
sleep quickly. To achieve that goal, parents are often advised to let
their babies cry. Unfortunately, that method is not particularly
effective in helping babies settle. Rather, parents who respond to,
rather than ignore their babies' cries have babies who go back to sleep
Review of Living Hero's Podcast, "It's the Parenting, Dodo"
Reviewed by Stephanie Petters
Gandhi tells a story from his childhood about his parents giving him
penance instead of punishment for when he did something wrong, in this
case lying to this father. His father said, "There is something wrong in
the way that I raised you that you don't feel confident enough to tell
the truth to me and instead lie. So I will walk home and think about
this instead of riding in the car with you." Arun then followed his
father home for the 18 miles in the car and determined that he would
never lie again. He learned much more about lying in the way his father
dealt with it than if he had been punished. I LOVED this story.
The interview with Marcy Axness covered the following: hour-by-hour changes in the components of breastmilk based upon baby's needs; the constant biological feedback between mother and baby;
brains' wiring for self-regulation, empathy, and compassion; brain
formation of peaceful traits beginning as early as conception and before
reaching school; and seven Principles (PARENTS) - Presence, Awareness,
Rhythm, Emulation Worthiness, Nurturance, Trust.
I thought this was a great podcast. Great quality, including the music.
|SPECIAL SECTION: Lasting Benefits of AP Parenting
A Positive Family Climate in Adolescence Is Linked to Marriage Quality in Adulthood
Experiencing a positive family climate as a teenager may be connected to your relationships later in life.
Three Core Concepts in Early Development
development in the early years provides the building blocks for
educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship,
lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the
next generation. This three-part video series from the Center and the
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances
in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much
better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies
and brains, for better or for worse.
Mouse Study Links Teen Stress to Adult Mental Illness
laboratory research on rodents suggests an elevated stress hormone in
adolescence may be linked to severe mental illness in adulthood. The
study points to the need to think about better preventive care in
teenagers who have mental illness in their families, including efforts
to protect them from social stressors, such as neglect.
|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Playtime: Affectionate, Less Controlling Mothers Have Strongest Relationships with Their Children
The more directive mothers are during play - the extent to which they try to control the content and pace of young children's play - the less engaged their children are with them and the more negative emotion the children display toward their mothers.