A pre and postnatal preventative service.
What does this do for you?
Helps you tune in to what your baby likes and what stresses him; shows you what signals to look out for; shows you how your baby would like you to help him/her; helps you settle your baby; understand the most effective way of coping with crying; enjoy playing with your baby; and in babies who may be unusually quiet or reluctant to engage in social communication, encourage communication. In essence helps you to know what in what area, and what kind of support your individual infant needs you to give.
What does this do for your baby?
This supports your baby’s development and provides your baby with an environment which is neither too overstimulating or too under stimulating and helps your newborn to negotiate the developmental tasks of integrating the new world of sights, sounds, faces voices and other stimuli in an understandable and predictable way. All of this, gets your relationship off to a good start.
What have parents said to me about this?
Parents have consistently rated this experience as an ‘excellent’ experience. All say that they feel closer to their baby; more confident as parents; that they have learnt about what their baby can do; they have learnt how their baby can communicate to them through its behaviour and how they can best interact with their baby.
What have professionals said to me about this?
When I have done teaching about this to a range of health professionals, time and again they say, ’If only somebody had told or shown me this when I had my children!’ ‘Now I understand what was happening when my baby was screaming ‘. ‘I wouldn’t have felt so bad and feeling I didn’t know what to do for the best’.
‘De-Stress Your Pregnancy’
Having a baby can stir up unexpected feelings that are very much heightened during pregnancy and the first few weeks after birth. Although an essential part of the process of becoming a parent these feelings can sometimes be overwhelming. Having a space to think helps to reduce levels of stress brought on by such overwhelming feelings. The calmer you feel the better it is for your baby's development.
During the sessions you will not only be able to explore your worries and get them into perspective, but also learn how to keep you and your baby calm. Most antenatal approaches focus on the practical and educational - all very important, however, they do not often address the emotional impact of having a baby.
'De-Stress Your Pregnancy' is suitable for all expectant mothers. It is especially helpful for you if you have prenatal anxiety and depression. Also good for you if you have had previous pregnancy difficulties that you worry may happen again, such as, post natal illness including anxiety and depression, previous difficult birth experience or pregnancy loss.
Are You Feeling?
Then this is for you. At anytime during pregnancy, one 90 minute session to explore and plan a way forward. Followed by, between 5 - 10 hourly clinic sessions. The final session takes place after your baby is born. Clinics held in Edinburgh and North Yorkshire
There is pretty much nothing worse than feeling highly anxious or depressed after you have had a baby.
But it doesn’t need to be like this. You may find yourself feeling miserable or more anxious and worried than you expected and not enjoying your baby or the experience of motherhood. There are many reasons you may feel like this. The best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is to get some help as soon as possible.
Are You Feeling?
One initial 90 minute clinic appointment to discuss your worries and to plan appointments to suit your needs. Followed by up to 12 weekly hourly clinic appointments. Clinics held in Edinburgh and North Yorkshire
Another Way to Get to Know Your Baby
Based on sound scientific knowledge this package helps you to:
Another Way to Get to Know Your Baby is an observational based approach carried out jointly with parents at any time from birth up to the twelve weeks old, using a range of infant interaction measures. These show what tiny babies can do and help you as parents understand your individual baby's communication signals and what you can do to support your baby's development. Babies can't talk but they do have a lot to say in other ways if only we know what to look for! These appointments help you really get to know the unique personality of your baby by tuning into your baby's individual communication signals.
Two clinic or home appointments anytime from birth to 12 weeks old shows you what your new baby can do and helps you understand your baby's unique temperament and communication with you. You can then support your baby's emotional development and attachment to you. Clinics held in Edinburgh and North Yorkshire
Parents consistently rate this an 'excellent' experience.
Talking to Babies
An early intervention approach for you as a parent if you have any of the following worries about your baby, or if you are worried about having difficulty in bonding with your baby.
Research shows that getting help early is very effective in solving small problems and prevent more serious and long-standing difficulties.
An initial clinic consultation of 90 minutes to decide together the best option. Clinics held in Edinburgh and North Yorkshire.
Option 1. Brief intervention of 5 sessions over a period of time of your choosing. (Often 2 sessions at fortnightly intervals followed by 2 sessions at monthly intervals followed by final session 3 months later.)
Option 2. 8 fortnightly sessions.
Option 3. 8 fortnightly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions.
Zero to Three
For parents and babies or toddlers who are struggling with the ordinary problems of development, e.g. sleeping, feeding, crying, bonding difficulties, adjustment to developmental delay/disability or any number of stress inducing factors that affect family relationships. This is a wide spectrum service for anyone with a worry relating to their baby or little child.
During the period 0 - 3 years of age there are significant developmental spurts in growth. These can be challenging, as infants and toddlers present with temporary set backs at such times. Crying can increase for no apparent reason, or a child who was sleeping through wakes up at night, or feeding difficulties emerge. Research shows that early intervention is very effective in solving small problems before they become big ones. Getting help within the first years can be simple and prevent more serious and long-standing difficulties.
Using a positive parenting approach: An initial 90 minute clinic appointment for you and your child to explore your worry about your child.
Usually followed by 5 further 75 minute clinic appointments which can be spaced over weeks or a few months.
Clinics held in Edinburgh and North Yorkshire.