Focus on Sleep and Soothing
IN THIS ISSUE:
Author: Alanna E.F. Rudzik
Description: Parental expectations for infant sleep often reflect cultural norms that may not align well with the realities of infant growth and development. This article provides a review of infant sleep biology, duration, and development, that offers a solid basis to educate expectant parents and to advise and reassure new parents about normal infant sleep.
Description writer: Honorary Reseach Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Durham University
Author: Charlotte Russell, Mary Whitmore, Dawn Burrows, Helen Ball
Description: We addressed the issue of infant safe sleep education, particularly with regard to parent-infant bed-sharing and risk of SIDS and accidental death--a topic which has often been the focus of single-message campaigns. The aim was to evaluate whether a more complex message would be understood and remembered by mothers
Description writer: Charlotte Russell Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK
Mary Whitmore NHS Blackpool and NHS North Lancashire, UK
Dawn Burrows Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK
Helen Ball Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK
Author: Anni Gethin
Description: Parental anxiety about sleep is very common, and is also frequent in parents whose babies or toddlers do not actually have a clinical sleep or health problem. Our concern has been that parents become so worried about these kinds of issues that it creates a burden of unhelpful anxiety and impinges on their enjoyment of their child.
Description writer: Research Director, Argyle Research, Australia
Author: Dr Charlotte Russell & Professor Helen Ball
Author title: Dr Charlotte Russell
Professor Helen Ball
Description: The past 18 months have seen several notable developments in the world of co-sleeping research, some of which will have far-reaching implications for parents, health-care professionals, policy makers, and volunteers working with parents. This article reviews these developments, and outlines the key points relevant to those who practice.
Description writer: Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK
Author: Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay, Graham F Welch
Description: Music is crucial for babies in every developmental sense: with regards to communication and language; emotional and social well-being, and even motor skills. But it is only relatively recently that science has begun to elaborate in more detail the true extent of its significance.
Description writer: Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay Doctoral Student at UCL Institute of Education, London. Author of‘The Music Miracle: The scientific secret to unlocking your child’s full potential’(2013) Earnest House Publishing,
Graham F Welch, Chair of Music Education International Music Education Research Centre, UCL Institute of Education, London, UK
Author: Elizabeth Mackinlay, Felicity Baker, Nancy Westerman
Description: In this article, I briefly review existing literature on music, mothers and babies. Learning about lullabies and their powerful impact on the relationship between mother/father and baby in the antenatal period may promote confidence in parenting postnatally.
Description writer: Elizabeth Mackinlay The University of Queensland, Australia
Felicity Baker The University of Melbourne, Australia
Nancy Westerman The University of Queensland, Australia
Author: Larissa G. Duncan, Catherine Shaddix
Description: There is little evidence that childbirth education, as currently structured, is effective in producing beneficial impact on the birth experience and may instead cause the undesirable result of increasing women’s fear of childbirth. An innovative and efficacious approach to childbirth education is needed, which is the aim of our research on the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program.
Description writer: Larissa G. Duncan Department of Family and Community Medicine and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, USA.
Catherine Shaddix Wright Institute, Berkeley, California; San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Infant-Parent Program, California, USA
Author: Nancy Bardacke, Maret Dymond
Description: Can mindfulness practice address some of the complex issues facing this generation of expectant parents, assisting them not only to obtain the healthiest births possible in each of their unique circumstances, but also to learn life skills for healthy parenting and living in the world of today?
Description writer: Nancy Bardacke: Founder, Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP); Lead, MBCP Programme, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing, USA
Maret Dymond: Lead Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK
Author: Toni Harman, Philip J. Steer
Description: ‘Microbirth’, investigated the latest research that is starting to link the way babies are born with their health in later life. 10 Things birth educators need to know about ‘seeding and feeding’ a baby’s microbiome
Description writer: Toni Harman, Filmaker
Philip J. Steer Emeritus Professor Imperial College, Academic Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Can love and science co-exist in this debate?
Author: Hannah Dahlen
Description: Hannah Dahlen reflects on the microbirth debate
Description writer: Hannah Dahlen Professor of Midwifery, University of Western Sydney
The Early Years agenda is a global one. Needing to learn-along together
Author: Anne Keeley
Description: Academics and practitioners across the world are adding to our understanding of the knowledge and skills required to work with new mothers and fathers. In this new series, we provide insights into the richness of the work being carried out by committed individuals in different countries.
Description writer: Director, Class+Mates Learning Systems Inc., Canada