Postpartum Depression: Baby Blues

What are the "Baby Blues"?
by Carole Kanusky RN, MSN, CNS You’ve had your baby and now everything is changed. You were prepared for the physical discomforts associated with the postpartum period, but not the emotional roller coaster you are on. You have this beautiful baby now and you and your partner are thrilled. So why do you feel overwhelmed, cry at the slightest provocation, and wonder if you’ll ever feel "normal" again? Read More …

Postpartum Depression

Post-Partum Depression
by Barbara Ostfield, PhD, and Gary Cooper As a new mother, chances are pretty good that you will have some mood swings in the weeks and months after having your baby. About 80% of new mothers experience these "maternity" or "baby blues," which may be characterized by irritability, tearfulness, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Read More …

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doula:
Ancient Concept, Modern Necessity
by Susan S. Keeney Literally translated from Greek, doula means "female slave for the child-bearing woman". Today the word has come to mean "one who mothers the mother". Read More …

Taking Care of Mom after Childbirth

Taking Care of Mom after the Baby Comes
by Karen Kleiman, MSW Many women approach motherhood with a sense of wonderment and cautious optimism. What kind of mother will I be? What kind of baby will I have? How will my life change? Will I be a good mother? Some women try to prepare for these new changes by loading up on educational materials, seminars, self-help books or informal dialogues with helpful friends and neighbors. Read More …

Child Care Center Checklist

Checking Out A Child Care Center
by the Play & Learn Child Care Centers Bring this checklist with you when you visit prospective childcare centers to assist you in making the best selection for you and your child. Be sure to visit at least three locations. Use the following criteria to evaluate each location you visit. Mark your comments or place a check mark next to the items that you see or are informed about during your visit. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Once you decide that you need care, it is best to begin looking!

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Choosing Child Care

Choosing Child Care
by Susie Redfern Any parent looking for day care wants it to be high quality, convenient and affordable. In the process of looking for such care, parents will likely have questions on how to go about it. This article will address some of these questions and concerns. Read More …

Selecting a Child Care Home or Day Care Center

Selecting Quality Infant Care
by Joan Gerard, MSW Arranging for childcare can be a difficult and emotional process for new as well as experienced parents. When selecting infant care, it is especially important to begin the search while you are still pregnant to avoid making a rushed decision. Developing a checklist related to your family’s needs will help you in your search for the right center or home care provider. Here are some key points to consider: Read More …

Pediatricians

Choosing a Pediatrician
by Angela DaidoneBecoming a parent is much more than the miracle of birth. Among many other facets, it is having the responsibility of caring for the health and well-being of the child. It is important to consider choosing a pediatrician before your child arrives to ensure the best care for your baby. Read More …

Choosing a Pediatrician

Choosing Your Baby’s Pediatrician
by Jerold Aronson, MD and Susan Aronson, MD Selecting the right pediatrician for your new baby is an important process which takes both time and thought. Every pediatrician is committed to helping parents raise healthy children with the greatest possible ease, confidence, pleasure and success. In addition, regular visits to the pediatrician are a key part of preventive health care. However, different pediatricians have different approaches, so you may want to interview several candidates before selecting the pediatrician who best suits your family’s particular preferences and needs, Conduct this search in your 7th or 8th month of pregnancy so you can make your choice well before the baby arrives. Read More …