Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Expectant parents may be unprepared for their first moments with their new baby, or they don't give it much thought in advance. Educators and healthcare providers play an important role in informing parents about what to expect at birth and supporting them at this pivotal moment.

Education is often needed to address lack of knowledge, misinformation and misconceptions about newborn care topics, and skin-to-skin contact is no exception. Use your listening skills as an educator to identify your client's current understanding of skin-to-skin contact. Then, help them understand the benefits and the do's and don'ts of this practice. Education helps calm fears and encourages this beneficial practice in new families. 

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Become a Better Listener

Become a Better Listener

When someone is speaking to you in conversation, it is easy to become distracted and think about your response instead of fully listening to what they are saying. When this happens with clients, they may sense that they have not been heard and get frustrated, especially if your response does not completely address their thoughts. Fortunately, listening skills can be improved with practice, which in turn helps you serve clients more effectively. Whether you are an educator, healthcare provider or doula, become a better listener by starting with these easy tips: 
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Digital or print resources: Which one is right for your clients?

Digital or print resources: Which one is right for your clients?

During the pandemic, many birth professionals turned to digital resources. Digital materials are convenient and often more cost effective than printed. Still, many of our customers report that their clients prefer printed materials. 

Print does have some advantages over digital. Printed books can be easier to navigate and read than digital versions. Research suggests better comprehension and retention with print. Parents get the benefits of taking notes and filling in interactive portions in their books.

We have provided several ways to help you select what works best and make the best of both worlds:

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Mindfully Preparing for Pregnancy

Mindfully Preparing for Pregnancy

You’ve made the decision that you’re ready to bring a new baby into your family and now you want to make sure you’re taking the right steps to prepare your body and your mind for this incredible and exciting journey. Where do you begin? Here, we’ve gathered several key resources into one place to help you get started.
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Prenatal Testing: Part 2

Prenatal Testing: Part 2

“Second-Round” Tests

Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)

MaterniT21, Verifi, Harmony and Panorama represent some of the latest developments in prenatal testing with their use of cell free DNA (cfDNA) analysis. These tests analyze the mother’s blood along with the placental material that has entered the mother’s bloodstream for genetic abnormalities, such as Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome). While these are the most advanced and accurate non-invasive screenings on the market, there are two very important things to note: 

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Prenatal Testing: Part 1

Prenatal Testing: Part 1

The journey of pregnancy and birth usually begins with a test – the resulting two pink lines, plus sign, or word “pregnant” appear and change your world forever. For many mothers, this is the first of many tests to come throughout pregnancy.

So what should you expect when it comes to prenatal testing and what do those tests mean for you and your baby?

Here, we’ll break down the first round of tests, which most moms receive as part of routine care. Then in part 2, we’ll explain the next round of tests an expectant mother may choose to have if the first round yield a potential concern or if she desires more information because of family medical history, etc.

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