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PARENTING PREP

 

Get Prepared:

What type of parenting are you most interested in?  See the American Pregnancy Helpline site http://www.thehelpline.org/ for help making this decision. Check in with your Pregnancy Care Center Advisor who will help you know what types of help you can expect as a parent such as parenting courses, CPR courses, baby products (diapers, blankets, cribs, car seats, etc), assistance with job or schooling concerns, baby sitters, etc. 

  • Two essentials include a car seat (hospitals require parents to have a car seat for their baby before they can take their child home) and a bassinet or baby-safe crib.
  • By law, working mothers are entitled to up to six weeks leave for maternity with out pay. Father are also entitled to some maternity leave.
  • Work out a plan with your advisor for daily/weekly/monthly and emergency child care situations.

Lots of Parenting Classes!

If time permits, take parenting classes which will teach you the basics about baby and child care, discipline and family relationships.

What to Expect with Your Pregnancy:

Week by Week: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy
Possible complications: http://www.whattoexpect.com/
video gallery: http://whattoexpect.sharkle.com/videos/TopVideo/

Newborn to Pre-teens - Library:

http://www.parentinglibrary.com/parentingbookshelf.html
http://ct.webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=1340

Expectant Mother’s -  Shopping Assistance:  

 

http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/local/connecticut.htm
http://www.birth23.org/Families/default.asp
http://www.target.com
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/november13/6.70.html                  (Down Syndrome)
http://www.whycrycanada.com/links.html
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/november13/6.70.html
http://www.cpacinc.org/about.htm
http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com
Best Skin Care for You and Baby:
http://www.health-beauty-salon.info/skincareduringpregnancy.htm

Parenting Guidelines for Parents
with New Babies:

http://www.smartmarriages.com/bbh.html
http://www.honestbaby.com/links.php
http://www.96singlemomsecrets.com/?cat=3
http://fracas.wordpress.com  Premature babies)
http://www.babyzone.com/
http://forums.about.com/
http://onetoughjob.org
http://www.childrenshospitals.net  (Dangerous Shaking Baby Syndrome)
http://www.dallasnews.com

 

Kangaroo Care for Premature Babies


Read about Rachel, born at 24 weeks, and only 20 ounces.  She survived because of the skin-to-skin holding by her mom.  See the DR MOMMA Web site http://drmomma.blogspot.com/2009/08/mothers-last-skin-to-skin-goodbye-saves.html   Dr. Nils Bergman, MD, MPH, originator, speaks about it at
http://www.kvmr.org/programs/whocares/index.html


How
is this Possible?


Moms body continues to regulate
all of the baby's his physiological needs
even after birth!!!!

 

Benefits

-  Premature babies stabilize faster than in an incubator

-  stable oxygen rates and breathing thanks to the
steady regulation of Mother's respiration.

-  The heart rate is stable (mother's heartbeat regulates baby's heartbeat).

-  The temperature is most stable on the mother - in skin-to-skin care mothers chest automatically warms to warm a cold baby, and mothers core temperature drops if her baby has a temperature.

Sleeping within an arm's reach of baby (as long as a parent does not smoke) also regulates all of his physiological needs in the same way ~ they are kept steady thanks to Mom's warm, even-paced body.




More info:  http://www.kvmr.org/programs/whocares/index.html   Dr. Bergman's website, http://www.kangaroomothercare.com  When Dr. Bergman introduced Kangaroo Mother Care or skin-to-skin care, in 1995, t his hospital had a low survival rate for infants of low weight.  This increased five-fold.  He is now looking at what skin-to-skin contact does for well newborns.

 


Parenting Guidelines for Parents with Young to Older Children

http://www.fergusonlibrary.org
http://playgroup.meetup.com/about/  (Select part of CT via map)
http://www.mvparents.com/

 

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