Helping parents navigate the NICU

Tips for parents who must prepare for a NICU journey Expect to be afraid, worried & guilty. Shock & fear are normal. Doubts are normal, so is guilt. But, it’s not your fault! Anticipate feelings of helplessness. It’s the worst kind of helplessness you will ever feel, leaving the hospital without your baby after delivery….

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Supporting a friend who is a NICU mom

Ways to offer support for your friend who has a baby in the NICU. Grocery shop for her and prepare some meals for the week. Do Laundry for her – wash, dry and fold clothes. Offer to babysit other kids while she is at hospital several days a week. Offer to Babysit one evening each…

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What Successful Working Mothers Know – Part II

# 1 Self-care is mandatory. An empty cup cannot serve. Taking time for ourselves is crucial to maintain our mental, physical, & spiritual health. To stay healthy, we need exercise, a good diet & adequate sleep. That is some tall order when you are running around chasing children & a job! However, we must know…

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What Successful Working Mothers Know – Part I

#1 Your job should leave you feeling fulfilled. Many working mothers reassess their job after their first child comes along. We examine our satisfaction at work because it is literally time away from our baby. As we reassess our current job, it is important to be honest about our degree of fulfillment & whether we…

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Newborn sleep patterns need not be an enigma for new parents

Newborn infants have distinct active sleep & quiet sleep states present by 27 to 30 weeks gestation. They have more active (or REM) sleep earlier in development. During REM sleep, babies twitch, wiggle around, vocalize, & smile. Also their breathing is irregular & they may hiccup. Patterns of active & quiet sleep brain activity change…

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Care for Your Late Preterm Baby at Home

CARE OF YOUR LATE PRETERM BABY AT HOME Once your baby is discharged to home, you will be advised to keep a recorded log of feedings at home, with specific attention to frequency & approximate duration of feeding at the breast, & method & type (expressed breast milk, infant formula) of supplementation. It is helpful…

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Late Preterm Babies – A Guide for Parents

DEFINITIONS & CAUSES Late preterm babies are born between 34 0/7 weeks to 36 6/7 weeks gestation. ​ Near term babies are born between 37 0/7 to 38 6/7 weeks gestation. Full term gestation is 39 0/7 weeks and above.  ​ Causes of late preterm birth include increased use assisted reproductive technologies  ̶  IUI (intrauterine…

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Explaining the Biology of Happiness

On a chemical level, our happiness basically stems from levels of four hormones (or neurotransmitters): 1) dopamine, 2) serotonin, 3) endorphin, & 4) oxytocin. Each plays a unique role in making us feel good. Dopamine drives reward-seeking behavior in our brains. If you eat something delicious or have an orgasm, & your brain releases some…

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Benefits of Music Education for Children

Learning how to play an instrument involves improving hand-to-eye coordination, ear-to-hand coordination, & the fine motor skills needed to hold a bow or play the keys. Playing a musical instrument enhances both dexterity & hand-eye coordination. When playing an instrument, a musician must be able to create the correct notes through the proper hand motions….

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Understanding Your Mom Stress: Relationship Demands

Relationship demands cut into our free time & add to our stress. As we invest more time into raising our children, sometimes our other relationships get neglected, especially when our children are young & need lots of attention. Mothers of young children frequently feel torn between meeting the needs of their infants & toddlers &…

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