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Empathising with the experience of a newborn baby can give great insight into ways to help them. Interestingly most of the methods that are advocated in the fourth trimester are ones that parents will often do instinctively. In many cases however parents have been warned to not ‘spoil’ their baby or ‘make a rod for their own back’ by holding them too much. The simple fact is that it is impossible to spoil a baby or hold them too much! If your baby settles in your arms and you are happy to have them then hold them as long as you want!

via The Fourth Trimester – Why Newborns Hate Being Put Down | Sarah Ockwell-Smith


“There are many small things that can add up to have a major impact on your postpartum experience. Thinking these things through ahead of time, talking them over with your partner, and sharing your wishes with family and friends can help create a network of support that allows you the time you need to bond with your new baby, feel confident in breastfeeding, recover from the birth, and settle into life as a new mother.”

via The First 72 Hours Postpartum – The Little Things Make All the Difference – Homegrown Babies: Childbirth Education, Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas

“Ignorance about baby needs fuel adult mistreatment of them, with ramifications on their health and wellbeing, social and moral capacities for the long term. Such ignorance lead to myths that adults believe and apply, in part because they don’t have their own experience and they’ve been taught not to follow their instincts. Ignoring baby needs perpetuates the cycle because the babies become adults who don’t have well-shaped emotions and instincts to guide their behavior.”

“Despite the unprecedented level of research into human lactation and infant sleep in recent decades, the out-dated concepts in this book are being supported with out-dated evidence — and opinion is presented as fact.” – See more at:


“Recent research conducted at the University of North Texas clearly reveals that the cortisol levels of babies left alone to CIO remain at unnaturally high levels even days after they learn to stop crying/cuing for help. However, the cortisol levels of mothers — which register as abnormally high when their babies cry — return to normal levels in the silence. At this point, mothers and babies are no longer biologically in sync. The mothers assume all is well; they interpret their babies’ silence as proof that their little ones have learned to self-soothe. Yet, physiologically babies can’t self-soothe. Rather, CIO teaches them to panic silently and detach from those whom nature intends for them to trust. ”

Excellent resource on stress hormones in babies and children as a result of these practices:

The scientific evidence against spanking, timeouts, and sleep training

Excellent article on breastfeeding for new parents.

The Dangerous Game of the Feeding Interval Obsession

Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone | Neuroanthropology.


“infant deaths could be reduced by stepping up measures to support breastfeeding, including doing away with aggressive marketing of infant formula, especially in hospitals and by healthcare organizations. With hundreds of deaths per year attributable to infant formula, especially due to SIDS, we must eliminate conflicts of interest between formula companies and organizations dedicated to the health of children.”

Speaking Out on Safe Sleep: Evidence-Based Infant Sleep Recommendations.


The latest issue of Natural Mother Magazine – great info on circumcision, common newborn procedures, and natural remedies for constipation, lactation, and more!



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