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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.

What do the best sleepers do to get to sleep?  Nothing – they just lie down and off they go. What do those of us who can’t get to sleep do?

You may be one in two Australians at any one time trying to lose weight.  Be it from a recent health scare, a hard word from your doctor, or realising you can’t do something that really matters to you.  Despite shows like “The Biggest Loser”, the evidence of success for people losing a meaningful amount of weight and keeping it off in the long term is very low.

So often parenting is a vertical job.  We worry about keeping our kids safe, respectful and engaged.  We relate to them through our differences: we are more experienced and developed, we have more wisdom and power. It is our job to guide and protect them.

I commonly hear mothers say, “I am so exhausted. I have nothing left to give.” I promise you these women mean every word. There is nothing left to give. It’s all being poured into the abyss of Getting Through.

As a psychiatrist I see people with depression every day.  Every depressed person is experiencing something different from another depressed person.  That’s because depression is not one thingbut a set of interacting emotions, thoughts and behaviours.

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.

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Masterclasses
Join our next Masterclasses for health professionals on 14-15 September 2019 at St Vincents Private Hospital, Toowoomba.  Dr Pam and Renee will present, with videos of talks by Dr Nikki Mills (ENT surgeon, anatomist) on the lingual frenulum and floor of mouth fascia and Dr Sharon Perella (lactation consultant, researcher) on breastmilk production and fat content.  

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The Possums Clinic
The Possums Clinic now operates out of the Possums Education and Research Centre, Greenslopes 31772000. Dr Pamela Douglas sees patients online or at Greenslopes; NDC accredited practitioner Renee Keogh offers consultations in-clinic, online, or in home visits.

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

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