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Basic Training for New Dads

September 30, 2014
Greg Bishop, the author of Crash Course for new Dads states, when it comes to being a new dad, the cave man set the standards.  Greg uses language, humor, and case scenarios that appeal to the male mind. He goes on to say funny things like, "Human babies require two heads, four hands, and a “village." and "Cave men did not club their mates over the head! They needed each other to survive, so he was doing everything he could to score points with the cave mom in his life!"  He writes this humorous book as if he was outlining a boot camp for dads, and by the end, he is legitimately successful in preparing both the inner caveman as well as the modern day dad. 

Most new dads have admitted their biggest fear surrounds the economics of a new baby. Funny video clip They admit they are petrified by the idea of entering unexplored territory and having to use unfamiliar tactics, that involve care of a new baby and mother. There is much to learn during your stay at the hospital, so take advantage of the expertise you will encounter:

•Learn from the nurses
•Take care of Mom
•Manage your visitors
•Change your baby’s first diaper or be the first to do a baby bath
•Help with breastfeeding
•Fall in love!

Don't be afriad to be a playful, adventurous dad.....(following excerpt taken from Crash course for New Dads
"Of all the powerful dynamics in the circle of life, a father’s critical role in teaching his baby to play has got to be one of the coolest. Fathers, perhaps due in part to maturity issues, are naturally designed to be her perfect playmate. Tickling, flight lessons, peek-a-boo and wrestling all come naturally. Dads elicit radiant smiles and infectious belly laughs, sometimes with just a wink. Playing is your baby’s main job: it teaches him how to laugh and take risks, develops his motor skills and speeds the development of his brain and nervous system. It’s a dirty job, but remember when you are crawling on the floor, barking like a dog, as you chase him around…it’s a Dad’s job!" 

Along with all the tips and advice, just remember there is no 'right way" to be a dad. The cave mom in your life will really appreciate that you are willing to try to be the best dad you can be! Click here for a trailer for a You Tube channel "My life as a dad".

All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them---Magic Johnson

Posted by Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC
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What is a

September 26, 2014

So you ask. "What is Baby Friendly? Were the hospitals not baby friendly before?" and...why is this best for our family?

Watch Video about Baby Friendly Hospital practices

It's a difficult job learning all the "buzzwords" and being a new consumer during one of the most important periods of your life.  Navigating the bewildering consumer's market, while bringing a new little person into the world, amidst becoming a new parent, can be challenging. Consumer Reports brags to have the best guide to the "best baby products"and 20,539 products come up on Amazon when the keywords "Organic Baby Products" are searched.  We anticipate that you want to give your children the best life possible, one that is more pure than some children may have had in the past. The marketing teams from baby product companies around the world, are counting on this, as well. This presumed knowledge may perhaps tempt companies to prey on new parent's emotions and they realize they are marketing to an audience who likely is vulnerable and feeling ambivalent about their many upcoming choices. 

How about considering giving your baby the very best, all organic healthy start by following a few simple guidelines?  Aspen Birth Center can guide you on this journey, as we too, strive for providing you with the "best baby products". Our highly trained staff are committed to provide evidenced based, excellent standards of care for your family. A Baby Friendly Hospital is one who follows Ten Steps to achieve this healthy start for your baby, and it doesn't even require an internet shopping trip to Amazon or Babies "R" Us.  Some steps include patient education, bringing babies immediately skin to skin with mothers, keeping moms and babies together and establishing exclusive breastfeeding, to name a few. In the end, the choice is yours and we aim to provide you access to one of the most organic and natural products out there - Breastmilk.  Human milk for human babies.

Posted by Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC
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To immunize or not to immunize?

September 19, 2014
Good question? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. As professionals in the medical arena, the staff at the Aspen Birth Center subscribes to the information provided by the AAP, in order to ensure safety and efficacy of practices and teaching, for the benefit of your family.  More specifically we would also recommend to follow the guidelines outlined by the AAP for childhood vaccinations.

But, there's more to this, right? When it comes to the safety and well-being of your child, somehow there are few emotions that could compare to our need to protect and nurture our children as they grow and hopefully, thrive.  Okay, but you say, let's remove the emotion and cover "just the facts ma'am..."  The Center for Disease Control CDC has an updated web page with information about licensed vaccines and they continuously monitor for safety and efficacy. They include, fact sheets, FAQ's and scientific articles that support their stance. 

People who are against vaccines, especially parents who believe vaccines have harmed their children, are typically not persuaded by health experts descriptions about how important vaccines are, how many lives they have saved, and how the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the possible risks of vaccines. Pediatricians and health care providers are simply driven by the fact it is their job to help parents make informed decisions about vaccinating their children.  After all, no one wants to do the wrong thing? An example of this may include the scenario that a child becomes ill with a vaccine preventable disease.  

The bottom line is, you are educated, intelligent adults who just want to make the best choices for your children.  That's what we want, too! Safeguard yourself from making decisions based upon fear and propaganda by seeking information from your pediatrician and other reputable sources.
Posted by Heather Knott, RN, IBCLC
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The 10th Breastfeeding Commandment...throw out 1-9...

September 12, 2014
As a Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and mother of two breastfed infants...I would like to share with you my strong desire and commitment to provide education to new families throughout our local communities. If anyone was to describe me in my role at Aspen Birth Center, I believe they would include a fair description about my "passion" for helping new families, especially when it comes to learning about breastfeeding.   

Now, no pun intended, but tongue-in-cheek mythological articles like "The 10 Breastfeeding Commandments" and "How to Breastfeed the Right Way" are creatures that I personally wish were extinct.  Although, I am sure the intent is to help new mothers, these fictitious examples really have no place in the environment of supporting breastfeeding, and seem only to put strong and highly intelligent women in the position of feeling like they are doing a less than adequate job. Articles such as these truly lend very little support, and it is my advice to steer clear of such beasts. For real questions with real human support, I implore you to seek out the not so rare "breed" of a certified lactation consultant, available at Aspen Valley Hospital. Call (970) 544-1251 for questions or appointments.  

The choice to breastfeed is usually very personal and should be made, surrounding your own unique experiences and knowledge gained from information that examines the benefits, based upon current evidence and research. Certainly, not because of anyone else's desire for you to "do the right thing".  I would suspect you can figure out what the "right thing" is, for your family-all on your own.

For the information seekers in the group, I can share the health benefits for mom and baby, outlined by The American Academy of Pediatrics. I can tell you about how our Nation's health leaders, such as the United States Breastfeeding Committee, have been in support of implementing legislation since 2008, in order to advocate protection, promotion and support for the breastfeeding mother in the workplace.  I should mention that the U.S. Surgeon General has notified our nation of their "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding" in 2011. Promotion of breastfeeding and goals set for improvement have been outlined by our government in the Healthy People 2020 objectives as another resource to peruse if one wants more convincing data? I could go on a bit further, but instead, will close by assuring you that I will be committed to helping you achieve success within the parameter of the decisions you make for your family.
Posted by Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC
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