* Have you found a wonderful resource you think would be helpful to other new parents?
Contact me and tell me about it!
As you wait for baby
Hypnobabies Class Workbook - Additional Links!
Click here to find *all* of the additional links referenced throughout your workbook.
Resources for Birth Inspiration
Keep those positive messages coming!
I also regularly share informative articles and positive birth stories on my Facebook page
Again, I highly recommend joining the "Hypnobabies Support Group" on Facebook as well - tons of great questions, encouragement, birth stories, etc.
Just a reminder that Hypnobabies has a number of additional tracks available for instant download (including "Come OUT Baby!", "Breastfeeding Success", "When Your Baby Comes" for postpartum).
* Love the suggestion to put them in the freezer over (or in) a salad bowl to get a nice curved shape so it can really hug your bottom.
Resources & Videos
Newborn Breast Crawl
Breastfeeding - Latch!
The key to breastfeeding success. Hunger cues and helping your baby latch.
Breastfeeding - Hand Expression (a must-have skill!)
* This is not called a "Hakka" but is the same thing & I've heard good things about it as well.
I've included some resources including local lactation consultants as well as BF support groups, etc below - a must for the postpartum resource list!
If you find that you have more milk than you need, you may want to consider becoming a milk donor! Feel free to contact me directly about this (I did this with both my babies).
Newborn Care & Sleep
Newborn Care Workshops
"Making Sense of Your Baby"
This workshop focuses on preparing families for the realities of parenting a newborn.
"Practical Baby Care"
particularly suited to first time parents who have little to no experience with newborns
Download this PDF document with some great tips on helping your newborn get better sleep (you too). A great resource with links to more.
I've also been hearing nothing but fantastic things about this mama and her sleep support services: she offers webinars, etc on infant sleep, normal development, expectations, etc and there is no "Cry It Out".
I recommend her Facebook Page because you can get all kinds of great tips, info about upcoming events, etc.
Another great resource on the science behind Paediatric Sleep: There's a Monster in my Closet (MIMC)
She also has launched a mini-course for new parents about newborn/infant sleep!
Comfort Techniques & Tools for Understanding Baby's Development
Comfort measures for the "4th trimester"
* If you search this, you'll also find videos, etc
Dunstan Baby Language
This woman identified a universal language (sounds) that ALL babies make depending on the immediate need. It's truly fascinating and I totally found this to be true with my own babies!
There are tons of resources online (pdf docs on pinterest, etc) but here is an explanation of how it works:
Click to watch video
The Wonder Weeks is an App that explains what's going on with your baby developmentally at different points throughout the first couple of years!
Infant First Aid
Online AND in-person options available!
Safe Beginnings - click to view courses
New Mom/Parent Support
Pacific Postpartum Society
A non-profit organization that has been supporting new families with their emotional wellness since 1971
Postpartum Doula Support
These ladies do the cooking for you!
- Food Doula: In-Home Cooking Service
- Food On The Table: Private Cooking Service
Food Delivery Options (you cook)
Gentle / Respectful Parenting
Parenting can be tricky - your instincts say one thing, the advice you get says another & the way you were raised may be WAAAY different than what is considered 'normal' now! A fascinating and ever-growing world of research is emerging on child brain development, emotional regulation and the long-term effects of those early years.
I highly recommend looking into positive parenting (also referred to gentle or respectful parenting) - there are many great resources out there.
A great & easy place to start is with Podcasts!
I cannot recommend enough *anything* by Janet Lansbury. She does a great podcast called "Unruffled" - each episode is only about 15 minutes long so easy to fit in while driving, nursing (!), cooking, tidying, etc.
She also has many great articles and resources on her website & a couple of books you could get from your library.
Dr Vanessa Lapointe is a local (Lower Mainland) expert. She has 2 books ("Discipline Without Damage" & "Parenting Right from the Start"), an online parenting course and often does speaking engagements as well as parenting conferences. She is very entertaining.
Her Facebook page also often has really great resources.
There is a wonderful community, free parenting conferences, several resources, etc from AFineParent.com