Why Preparing For Postpartum Is Just As Important As Preparing For Birth

Why Preparing For Postpartum Is Just As Important As Preparing For Birth

You weren’t meant to travel the postpartum time alone....


We spend all this time preparing for birth. Once we give birth, we are handed our baby and sent on our merry way.  We are essentially left to figure everything out on our own! 

 

There is little wonder that new mothers, many of whom have little or no experience with babies or children, are often physically exhausted and emotionally depleted. They may find themselves easily anxious and confused about ‘doing what is right’. 

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Does Swaddling Cause Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

Does Swaddling Cause Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

Swaddling has become a bit of a controversial topic these days. Some people and professionals are still using and recommending this age-old practice, and some have done a 180 and turned completely against it.


Historically, swaddling has been used all over the world, in various cultures, for thousands of years, with the goal of calming a baby, and reducing night wakings by promoting a deeper sleep.


Lately though, particularly here in our Western culture, there have been a lot of questions as to whether swaddling is safe or whether it is detrimental to a baby’s development.  And I have even been hearing and reading about some healthcare professionals saying that swaddling causes sensory processing disorder.  Eek!!! #saywhat?
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7 Keys to Survival When Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping

7 Keys to Survival When Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping

Sleepless parents, this blog is for you! 


You were prepared for life to change with your new baby. But, of all the changes, sleep loss has you the most frustrated, and you’re constantly searching the internet for solutions. Googling things like, “How do I get my baby to sleep at night.” 


It seems like some families don’t face the sleep struggle. Either their baby is sleeping like an angel, or they simply need less rest.


But you and your loved ones are struggling in the sleep department. Your newborn is up all night or only sleeps 40 minutes at a time. You are wondering how you can function through one more day with heavy eyelids and a cloudy brain. The good news is that you are in the right place! 


Keep reading for some helpful tips....

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15 Fun (and Random) Facts About Me

I’ve shared some of the ins and outs of myself before, more so in a professional and/or parent role, so today I thought it would be fun to share a variety of things about me that are a little more fun than the typical fare......

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Help! My Child Won't Sleep!

We ALL need sleep, so when our child is not sleeping, it affects the whole family! As parents we are somewhat prepared for the sleep exhaustion that comes along with a newborn, but what we struggle with is when our babies won’t nap, seem to fight falling asleep, need the comfort of mom/dad next to them to fall and stay asleep......

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It takes a village to raise a child: how Occupational Therapists can support new moms!

We have all heard the saying,‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Unfortunately, Westernized culture falls short in that regard.  There is no longer a village to help you figure things out when your baby arrives, to take care of not only baby, but also of mom (and the other parental units).  In our Western society, you have a baby and are quickly sent home to figure it out on your own.......
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