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Every year, hundreds of thousands of Australians embark on a disorienting, life changing journey. They have a baby

COULD it be that parents typically receive advice about their babies’ sleep which doesn’t improve night waking, undermines breastfeeding, worsens sleep distress for the whole family, and even places certain vulnerable babies at increased risk of behavioural and developmental problems in later childhood?

Sleep training can make life much harder for both mother and baby, according to Adjunct Associate Professor Pamela Douglas who is using the latest neuroscience findings to re-educate families on baby’s sleep.

Talk to new mothers about breastfeeding, and there’s one message sure to come through: it’s painful and it’s difficult.

Dr Pam Douglas, a researcher at the University of Queensland, says women tell her that the pain they suffer while breastfeeding is worse than labour.

Over the last 6 months, in partnership with the Brisbane South Primary Health Network, Possums Education has delivered Parent Mentor training to 28 parents across two groups in the Redlands region.

A separation of the abdominal muscles, called a diastasis, impacts the functioning of the pelvis, spine and hips, and therefore also how you bend.

In the first year of life a typically developing infant learns and practices a large variety of movements which help their nervous system mature and integrate the two sides of their bodies, as well as developing the capacity to lift their body up against the constant forces of gravity. 

Ever tried singing “If you’re angry and you know it, stamp your feet” to a toddler who is experiencing a frustrating moment and noticed a light switch on in their eyes and a smile slowly appear?

The headlines read: “It's OK to let your baby cry himself to sleep,” i and the reports are accompanied by images of babies in the first months of life.

New parents often receive a great deal of conflicting advice from health professionals they like and trust.

A lot of effort has gone into establishing the marvellous health benefits of human milk over the past half century, but that doesn’t help those many women who are unable to transfer the milk from their breasts into their babies without pain.

When your baby is distressed, how do you use your voice? Do you sing, speak quietly or use a combination of both modalities?  Or do you feel so upset that singing is the last thing on your mind and yells of exasperation come rushing out instead?

Babies experience two kinds of hungers: the hunger for milk, and the hunger for sensory experience. The hunger for milk is potentially life-threatening if it’s not satisfied; the hunger for sensory stimulation is not directly life-threatening, it’s true, but vital anyway because the baby’s neuronal pathways wire up in direct response to sensory input.

Feeling blue, down, sad, depressed or overwhelmed is common at any stage of life, and is particularly common in the days, weeks and months after having a baby.

Dear Brian, There are, I’m told, long queues of parents outside your stall at the Brisbane Pregnancy Babies and Children Expo this weekend, waiting patiently for a Medicare-rebate-only consultation with you.

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Masterclasses
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The opening of The Possums Centre
Parents can now see Dr Pamela Douglas at the Possums Education and Research Centre, Greenslopes Private Hospital.

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PIPPS
We have now launched PIPPS Parents, which gives you access to support of other parents and a wealth of Possums’ resources.

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