There are always new stories and new ideas. The stories come from mothers, babies, and research. The ideas come from me, after 30+ years of clinical practice, usually in the morning. Hence the category: Morning Thoughts.
If YOU have a story to share, contact me and I will put it up.
Yesterday, I made a home visit to a first time mother and her premature twins. She had a rough start on her journey to motherhood, full of expensive infertility treatments, into pre-eclampsia and a surgical delivery. Fortunately, the cesarean section and Intensive Care Nursery were in a hospital on its own journey, to Baby Friendly… read more →
A grandmother wrote to me in despair. Her grandchild was born prematurely, and had undergone many terrible events while in the Intensive Care Nursery. The baby had developed a bowel obstruction and needed surgery to make an opening, called an ileostomy, to drain her small intestine to the outside world. This little one went on.. read more →
A mother called for help breastfeeding her healthy, term, one-week old baby. She was speaking quickly, giving me all the details quickly, as if there was a deadline on our conversation. She sounded miserable, worried that she was “doing it right.” She was feeding her baby on the precise schedule that the lactation consultant in.. read more →
While searching to find a reference for picking a baby up within 10 seconds of beginning to cry as a way to stop the crying, I found this sentence from a popular website: “Many babies cannot fall asleep without crying, and will go to sleep more quickly if left to cry for a while.” http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/crying-colic/pages/Responding-to-Your-Babys-Cries.aspx .. read more →
My neighbor’s husband got meningitis three times; he was so sick that he was in Intensive Care, all three times. No one could figure out the reason. He would have dental surgery, be given antibiotics, and then a few days later, come down with meningitis. All the doctors were baffled; the ones in the hospital.. read more →
Today I met my first dyad where the mother was using a parenting style that kept her busy catching baby pees and poops. She had an awareness of and a communication with her 3 month-old baby, and knew to put baby on a potty after feeds and mimic the sound of peeing (“s-s-s-s-s-s-s . … read more →