Newborn and family sleep is often a difficult but critical topic to cover in childbirth classes. Parents are getting a lot of mixed messages from many sources about where the baby should sleep. Is it time to change the message that parents get about bedsharing?
May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Preeclampsia does not go away after delivery in some cases. Childbirth educators and other birth professionals can play a key role in helping to spread this message and supporting families in being diligent in postpartum symptoms.
ACOG released new recommendations for postpartum contact in a Committee Opinion "Optimizing Postpartum Care" that recognizes more frequent and comprehensive services during the postpartum period can help to identify problems, offer treatment and refer to other professionals.
According to the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), IBCLC Day "was developed to recognize the important role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and the specialized knowledge each has to make a difference in the lives of breastfeeding families."
Talking about feelings is a skill that serves people well at all stages of their life. LCCE Mallory Emerson introduces us to the January Brilliant Activites for Birth Educators idea that helps facilitate conversations from the heart about the emotions surrounding pregnancy, birth, and parenting.