Category Archives: Caring for the Caregiver

New Parent Care Plan

As an occupational therapist, one of the most important parts of my job is writing care plans. Whenever I get a new patient, the first thing I do is observe and evaluate the patient, interview the patient and the family, learn what they can and cannot do, learn what is important to the patient and...

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Nourishment for Healthy New Parents

You probably barley have time to eat, let alone cook, grocery shop, or plan ahead for healthy meals and snacks, but it is so important that you do! If you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of your baby! 5 Reasons Your Nutrition Matters: You may still be...

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How to Keep From Peeing Your Pants Post Baby

By Lyn Journey, PT Women’s Health Physical Therapist If you are “peeing your pants” postpartum you are not alone!! But that does not mean it has to be your new norm. Is your urge so strong that you just cant make it to the bathroom in time, (urge incontinence), or are you soaking yourself when...

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Why Parents Need Meditation…Now

Written by Laura Liss, yoga instructor and mindfulness expert. Advice from one struggling to be mindful parent to another! Parenting: I’ve been at this thing for 23 years now, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that there are no hard or fast rules. It’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, thrilling, yet terrifying adventure. There is so much...

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The Long Lasting Effects of Postpartum Depression

  A recent study out of the UK found that moms who experience postpartum depression for eight months after delivery are more likely to have long lasting depression as depression symptoms were more likely to be found 11 years later. The study also found that this long-lasting depression is likely to adversely affect the women’s...

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5 ways to practice mindfulness for the new parent

Mindfullness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Here are some ways of being mindful when caring for your baby: Try to notice three things about your baby that you never...

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The Milestone Rabbit Hole

Early childhood development is highly variable. It is perfectly within the normal range for a 24-month-old to say 50 words or 150 words. That is a big difference. It’s a good idea to use the charts as a guide, but not to get too caught up in them. The most important things about early milestones...

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7 Tips for Returning to Work

  Returning to work after maternity leave can be very emotionally difficult and physically exhausting. Here are some tips to make the transition a little bit smoother. 1. Plan ahead by grocery shopping and making some freezer meals over the weekend. 2. All hands on deck. Ask your partner to go to work a little...

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Signs of Postpartum Depression

Did you know that one in nine women experience postpartum depression within the first year following childbirth? Postpartum depression can affect dads as well.  Are you aware of the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression? If you are experiencing postpartum depression, you may experience increased episodes of crying or for no apparent reason. You may...

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