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There's a lot happening at API. Whether it's new API offerings; API Leader, Board Members, and staff bringing AP to the forefront in the media; or Principle-related news from around the world, this is the place to check for the details on all API News.

Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Darcia Narvaez to the Board of Directors

Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – April, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 70 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, Darcia Narvaez, PhD.

Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Margaret Feierabend to the Board of Directors

Community leader and advocate for families and children, Margaret Feierabend, is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – May, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 70 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, community leader and advocate for children and families, Margaret Feierabend.

Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Patti Lewis to the Board of Directors

Parenting and attachment support person for families of adoption and special needs is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – April, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, advocate and support person of families of adoption and special needs, Patti Lewis.

Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Karen Walant to the Board of Directors

Mother, author and major contributing member of the social work community is the latest addition to the API Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – June, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, mother, author and major contributing member of the social work community, Karen Walant.

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API Reads Selection for June, July, and August 2014: Attached at the Heart

The discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker has begun! The  topics we’ll be discussing in July will be :

  • Principle 3: Responding with Sensitivity - Learning the Language of Love
  • Principle 4: Use Nurturing Touch - The Healing Power of Physical Closeness
  • Principle 5: Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally - The Critical Importance of Nighttime Needs
  • Principle 6: Provide Consistent, Loving Care - Keeping Baby’s Attachment Secure

Our discussions happen on GoodReads. We’ll be reading Attached at the Heart for the months of June, July, and a part of August.

API Reads Selection for June, July, and August 2014: Attached at the Heart

The long awaited discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker has begun!

The  topics we’ll be discussing in June will be:

  • Introduction
  • Charting a New Course: Breaking the Ties That Bind
  • Principle 1: Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting - What Every Parent Needs to Know
  • Principle 2: Feed with Love and Respect - Beginning the Attachment Process
  • Principle 3: Responding with Sensitivity - Learning the Language of Love

Our discussions happen on GoodReads. We’ll be reading Attached at the Heart for the months of June, July, and August.

API Reads Selection for June, July, and August: Attached at the Heart, 2nd Edition

API Announces “Voices of Breastfeeding” Double Edition of Attached Family

New Magazine Issue Advocates for Increased Support of Compassionate Infant-Feeding Choices

In honor of the millions of women who have come together throughout history to support one another in motherhood, Attachment Parenting International (API) is pleased to announce the latest edition of Attached Family magazine. This double “Voices of Breastfeeding” issue spotlights both the cultural explosion of breastfeeding advocacy as well as the challenges still to overcome.

“This issue of the magazine has been a long time in the making,” said Rita Brhel, Editor of the Attached Family and API Publications Coordinator. “We wanted to create a resource that is helpful to all mothers, both those who were able to breastfeed their babies and those who were unable to.”

The “Voices of Breastfeeding” edition of Attached Family is divided into an “Advocating for Acceptance” issue that identifies the ever-growing movement of mothers inspired to campaign for society’s embrace of breastfeeding, and a “Meeting Challenges with Compassion” issue that recognizes that there are circumstances when breastfeeding is difficult, if not impossible, highlighting the importance of empathetic support for all infant-feeding choices.

“Ideally, I would have liked to have breastfed all three of my children,” Brhel said. “But Attachment Parenting International supports parents in all walks of life, including mothers who are unable to breastfeed, and I was able to learn how to meet my child’s attachment needs through sensitive responsiveness beyond breastfeeding.”

This edition of Attached Family was also made in appreciation of longtime magazines like MotheringNew Beginnings, and Breastfeeding Today, which paved the way to widespread support for breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting conversations among mothers, and now fathers, and by extension, contributing to the breastfeeding movement that eventually influenced the research and medical communities.

“API is pleased to give a voice to our breastfeeding struggles, those related to society’s acceptance as well as those shared by mother and baby,” said Samantha Gray, Executive Director of Attachment Parenting International. “Emphasizing healthy attachment and relationship, it is natural that we speak up collectively to further advocacy efforts and gather together regularly to give personal support. Our contributors, led by Rita’s editorial vision and passion for breastfeeding support, have captured that perspective in this double issue.”

Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Lisa Reagan to the API Resource Advisory Council

Co-Founder of Families for Conscious Living and Executive Editor of Kindred is the latest addition to the API Resource Advisory Council

Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Resource Advisory Council member, cofounder of Families for Conscious Living and Executive Editor of Kindred, Lisa Reagan.

On a mother (of a) quest for 15 years as a journalist, activist and nonprofit visionary, Lisa Reagan explores the space between our unsustainable industrial story and the emerging story of what is possible for Cultural Creative families – who are leading the way forward.

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API Reads Selection for March, April, and May 2014: Giving the Love that Heals

We’ve started talking about Giving the Love That Heals by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.

Just a few of the topics we’ll be discussing in April will be:

  • Growing Yourself Up

  • The Stage of Attachment

  • The Stage of Exploration

  • The Stage of Identity

  • The Stage of Competence

So far we’ve learned how our unconscious mind has controlled most of our parenting based upon our own upbringing. We do have the power to change these unconscious decisions though. We can do so through our actions and our intentional dialogue with our children. We’ve been having a few deep discussions. Our discussions happen on GoodReads. The next book up for discussion in June, July, and August will be Attached at the Heart, 2nd Edition by Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson.

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