Children aren’t all the same. That was clear the moment we stepped into our first Parenting Now! Incredible Infants class. Some of the babies were curiously staring around the room, some screaming, some cowering into their mothers’ arms, and some happy as could be to get the whole room’s attention. Pack eleven babies of about […]
Talking, reading, singing — communicating from your child at every age is critical for their language development. Find out ways to help build your child’s language skills at different development stages.
Help support Parenting Now! by being part of the Oregon Children’s Contest this month! $25 from EVERY FEBRUARY photo session goes directly to Parenting Now! What could be better than having great family photos by one of the amazing participating photographers for a special rate AND being part of the Oregon Children’s contest (with photos displayed […]
This message is regarding my Healthy Families home visitor, Dixie. I don’t know where to begin. Dixie has been a huge blessing in my and my daughter’s life in the last 3 years. She’s seen me at my best, and worst. She has really given me great tools to become a better first time mother! I […]
The phone rang midway through the morning, two days after my granddaughter’s birth and hours before the prescribed ‘discharge time’ from the hospital maternity unit. My daughter’s quiet voice came over the phone line. “Mom, I’m afraid.” “Of what, honey?” “Mom, I can’t do this. The nurse just came in, they want me to get […]
The positive benefits of breast feeding and breast milk are well-known, well-researched and well-documented. In Oregon, more than 90% of women plan to breast feed their baby. For most women, the decision of how to feed their newborn is made while they are pregnant and put into action once the baby is born.
I struggled with Postpartum Depression (or Perinatal Mood Disorder) from the time my daughter was 5 weeks old. At first, I wasn’t convinced that I had a real problem; I just thought that I was bad at being a mom and I needed to buck up and get used to it. Thankfully, my husband encouraged […]
When I was pregnant, I had lofty goals about exclusively breastfeeding. I was prepared for it to be difficult, but I had imagined that difficulty would mostly just be sore nipples. I wasn’t prepared to struggle with baby’s poor latch and low supply. I had also planned on cloth diapering, and let’s just say it’s […]
I’m happy not to be a cavewoman, for a variety of reasons. But right now, I’m particularly happy not to be a cavewoman or any woman without access to a sympathetic medical community, because postpartum depression has been kicking my butt. I’ve heard the arguments that PPD, or perinatal mood disorder, is just a modern-day […]
I had a baby! I’ve blogged previously about having an easy pregnancy, and I had an easy labor to go along with it. My water broke early in the morning, and she was born 21 hours later after only 40 minutes of pushing. I couldn’t even feel my contractions for the first seven hours, and […]