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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Bonding After Baby

You just have had that beautiful baby put in your arms and you’re a little nervous. You may have done this before, but the newness of it is still scary no matter how many children you have. You will definitely never be the same, ever again. The changes you are experiencing are good changes, full of hopes and dreams and expectations. Your partner is looking on, and is so amazed with all different kinds of thoughts running through their head. Some of these thoughts they share with you and some they don't. Some of these thoughts may seem like crazy...

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Signs to Know Your Baby Is Ready For Solid Foods

Between the ages of 6-8 months most babies are ready to start some form of solid foods. By this time they have lost the extrusion reflex which benefits with breastfeeding and bottles but will push a spoonful of food right out of their mouth if they are offered one. Usually they are exhibiting several of these next milestones:  Sitting up (with support) and can hold their head and neck up as well.  They are double their birth weight.  They are interested in what you are eating and may be trying to grab it. They can keep food in their mouth...

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10 Great Books for Baby

One of the most exciting habits to develop with newborn babies is reading to them. You really don’t need to prepare very much in order to have a wonderful experience reading to  your baby, but it can be hard to know what  are the most entertaining books to read to your child.   Here is a list of the top 10 best books for reading to babies in 2011 Note: The annotations for each book were written by the "Best Books for Babies" committee: • "A You're Adorable" (board-book version, Candlewick Press, $6.99), written and illustrated by Martha Alexander. "From...

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