The Cycle of Postpartum Depression and Baby’s Sleep

I was reading a study the other day that correlated a mother's depression with how she responds to her child during the night. What I read, was not what I expected. According to a study published by the journal Child Development, researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that if a mom is depressed, she is more likely to wake her baby in the night. A study of 45 families, with children ranging from 1 month to 2 years, found that mom's emotional state had a direct relation to her child's sleep patterns. The study found that moms who had higher...

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Busy Expectant Parents Hire a Maternity Consultant

"(Reuters) - New Yorker Melissa Garden learned she was pregnant with her first child last year just as her communication director job at New Meadowlands Stadium hit full throttle. When exactly, she wondered, would she squeeze car seat and stroller shopping into 70-hour work weeks packed with concerts and prepping for the Jets and Giants season openers? Garden opted to hire professional baby planners (maternity consultant) who, much like the better-known niche of wedding planners, came armed with expertise to ready the overwhelmed, soon-to-be mother for her big day -- her son's arrival. "I had no time to think about...

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5 Misconceptions About Sleep Coaching

There can be a lot of confusion when it comes to sleep coaching and hiring a sleep consultant. I would like to take a moment to talk about the different approaches, and why hiring a professional sleep consultant, tends to yield better results. 1- Every baby is different- Some babies will sleep "through the night," (a five hour stretch) right out of the womb, others will not sleep longer than 3-4 hours until 6-12 months. When we assess a sleep situation we not only look at the parents' desires for sleep, we also look at what their baby is doing...

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Tips on How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Longer

Almost every parent wonders, "How can I get my baby to sleep longer?" It is not uncommon for a baby, from birth to one year, to wake during the night, or to wake many times during the night. There are, however, a few tricks that can really help you, and your baby, get more sleep. Tip #1: Change the way you are viewing your baby's sleep- Instead of thinking "Why why why" try thinking in a more positive light such as: How great is it that my baby falls asleep really well. My baby is really a great nurser. My...

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10 Signs You Need a Sleep Consultant

It happens often, we get the call from an exhausted parent needing help getting their little one to sleep. It is heart breaking to hear a mother or father speak about lack of sleep, frustration, and a general feeling of helplessness and not knowing what to do. There are hundreds of books on infant sleep, and each has a different philosophy and plan as to how to get your child to sleep. With so much contradicting information, it is hard to know where to start. For the parents out there who are wanting to help their little one to sleep...

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Who is The Doula House

“Simply put, my life is a miracle.” Throughout history, families are raised by many, not just the parents. Women are often cared for through pregnancy and birth, and parents are supported through the life of their child. In contrast, what many expectant parents experience today is a feeling of “going it alone” and their support system is often Google and WebMD. The empowerment of becoming a parent is often lost before you even know you have it. The Doula House was created to fill the gap between going it alone, and using your village to raise your baby. Since our...

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Doula…Willing to Travel

Here at The Doula House, we support expectant parents from all over the Nation, and all over the World. Coined as "The Doulas who travel" our services are unique and specialized, and specifically what you are looking for. What are some options for out of area parents: 1- The Doula House offers several "home-study" style courses and training's. This Skype based interaction allows for flexibility of your schedule, as well as a personalize touch for each class. We focus not only on what the course covers, but also anything specific what you are wanting. Any questions, concerns, or extra information...

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Sleep Consulting and the Sandman!

During the first few months after a baby is born, many parents wonder if they will ever sleep again. Most of them are running on pure adrenaline mixed with fear. They try to get to sleep but are kept awake by the fear that they will be woken up just when they are beginning to doze off. They have a hard time relaxing enough to go to sleep, and that makes the experience of being a parent not very enjoyable and everything in their life becomes stressed because of their lack of sleep. Even the enjoyment of their new baby...

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3 Rules to Infant Sleep

When it comes to getting your little one to sleep, it seems everyone has advice to offer. If you search infant sleep online, you are likely to find anything from cry it out methods to co-sleeping, and everything in between. It's no wonder that new parents are at a loss as to what they can do to help their baby sleep better at night. At The Doula House we have used our work with clients to help us find the most important keys in supporting parents when they are trying to develop better sleep habits in their children. Here are...

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Benefits of Having Night Support

Why do I need a Newborn Care Specialist? Why do I need Professional Sleep Support?  Many parents wonder if it is worth the investment to have a newborn care specialist to provide night support in the first few weeks to months after their baby is born. Hiring a infant care specialist to support you and your partner at night has the benefits of faster healing, better bonding, and happier parents. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep every night. When you sleep only a couple of hours a night on an...

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