Selecting a doctor for your new baby is an important decision. Schedule interviews before your baby is due with potential pediatricians. In addition to getting specific answers to questions about your baby's care and the office procedures, you'll know if you feel comfortable with him/her.
I currently travel a lot but will deliver my baby in the US. My prenatal care has been provided so far by midwives both in Belgium and England.
Put away the flash cards and don't expect too much too early; rarely does any baby get a perfect score on this test. Although it is your child's first assessment, it is not a predictor of your their future behavior or intellect. The APGAR was developed in 1952 by obstetric anesthesiologist, Virginia Apgar. This has become a standard tool in assessing newborn babies.
When my newborn daughter Mary started having screaming fits at 7 weeks, everyone told me it was "colic." It was infuriating how quick people were to dismiss my mother's instinct that something was wrong. I was a new mother and she was a tiny newborn and this, they told me, is what newborns do. But it wasn't, and I knew it.
Feeling good about yourself is the key to making the most of the childbearing year. A woman who feels good about herself will celebrate the changes that her body experiences during pregnancy, look forward to the challenge of giving birth, and willingly accept the physical and emotional changes of the postpartum period.
Sleep. It's the stuff of which dreams are made -- particularly when you have a newborn baby. If you're feeling a bit frazzled and exhausted by your baby's erratic sleep patterns, you're not alone. Ann Douglas, author of The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby, has some information about your new baby's needs.
Choosing someone to care for your child is a big responsibility -- one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. That's why it's important to avoid making any of these all-too-common mistakes. Within this article, you find a list of daycare problems as well as methods to overcome.
by Ann Douglas
My mom gave me this 'Mother's Journal' when I was pregnant. She wrote something in it for me, but her words just sounded corny to me before Ryan was born. But when I read it after he was born, her message made me cry. She had written 'Welcome to the Club!' It brings tears to my eyes even now.
- Tracy Moroney, mother of two, Burlington, Ontario
First-time mother and cancer survivor, Kelli Brown was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin's disease. After six months of chemotherapy, Kelli became pregnant. A year and a half after being in remission, a baby girl, Cayleigh, was born.
We all know at least one Cindy Crawford-type: a new mom who was able to slip into her skin-tight workout leotard within days of giving birth. What we sometimes forget, however, is that the Cindy Crawford's of the world are the exception rather than the rule: it takes most of us a lot longer than a couple of days to get back in shape after giving birth!