Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!
- Comfort Is Being Carried By Mom. Being held by a caregiver prompts an automatic calming response within babies, new research shows. Crying is not an effort to manipulate; it is “a natural consequence of the infant sensorimotor systems.” If your baby needs to be held, but you need your hands free, consider a baby carrier that holds your baby to your body as though in your arms, such as a wrap, sling, or Ergo/Beco. And remember that being held by dad, grandma, grandpa, and older siblings can also prompt the calming response — not just mama! (Science Daily)
- Pregnancy in the Workplace: Avoiding Bumpy Communications. Great advice for pregnant women and their coworkers! You might recognize a familiar name among the interviewees. =) (The Health Journals)
- Sucking Your Child’s Pacifier Clean May Have Benefits. The most beneficial way for you to clean that pacifier? With your own mouth! (New York Times Well Blog)
- Pitocin in Labor Has Adverse Effects on Newborns. “Researchers found that induction and augmentation of labor with oxytocin was an independent risk factor for unexpected admission to the NICU lasting more than 24 hours for full-term infants. Augmentation also correlated with Apgar scores of fewer than seven at five minutes. The Apgar is a test that evaluates a newborn’s physical condition at one and five minutes after birth based on appearance (skin coloration), pulse (heart rate), grimace response (medically known as “reflex irritability”), activity and muscle tone, and respiration (breathing rate and effort). A baby who scores eight and above is generally considered to be in good health. The analysis suggests that oxytocin use may not be as safe as once thought and that proper indications for its use should be documented for further study.”(American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- 10 Outdoor Activities to Give a Try This Week. If you and your kiddos are stumped for activity ideas *not* involving iPods, iPads, iPhones, computers, TVs, and video games, this post has some suggestions! Have fun out there! (Outside Mom)