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Shackles While in Labor: The Disturbing Practice of Restraining Pregnant Inmates

Wednesday, 7/30/2014

This article describes the blatant disregard of the law forbidding the use of shackles or restraints on pregnant inmates by the prison systems. Although many states have some type of law forbidding the use of shackles, many prison systems have not included the law in their regulations and have not properly trained their guards to be aware of these regulations. The use of shackles has occurred even when pregnant inmates are in labor, during delivery, and after delivery which poses a health and safety risk to mother and baby.

5th Annual Early Childhood Mental Health Conference-Resiliency and Protective Factors

Tuesday, 7/29/2014

Registration is now open for this exciting conference being held this September 19th and 20th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego! This year's theme for the conference is "Resiliency and Protective Factors: Improving the Odds from the ACE [Adverse Childhood Experience] Study." Make sure to register early and receive the early bird discount to receive excellent trainings and hear keynote speakers in this area! Click on the link below for more information and to register!

San Bernardino and Riverside County Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program

Tuesday, 7/29/2014

This amazing program seeks to partner with Riverside and San Bernardino Counties middle schools and high schools to reach out and support pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers. This program offers individual case management for the teens, providing educational programs using evidence based curricula, and offering referrals to local resources as needed. The program is open to all teens regardless of their ethnicity, young mothers between the ages of 12-24 and fathers between the age of 12-25 who live in the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and who are pregnant and/or parenting.

Seven Awesome Tips for New Dads

Tuesday, 7/29/2014

This is wonderful insider's perspective on tips for new dads. These tips are written by Torsten Klaus, a parenting coach and stay at home dad, who relfects on some helpful tips for new fathers to bond with baby, be supportive of mom, and take care of self during this transition in life. Enjoy!

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/torsten-klaus/advice-for-new-dads_b_5585...

 

"Climbing Out of the Darkness" A Mother's Personal Experience with Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, 7/9/2014

This article is a wonderful interview of Alicia Glasock and other moms who were able to conquer their postpartum depression. It shares a video and interview of Alicia Glasock, a mother who suffered from postpartum depression. Like many women suffering from this illness, Glasock did not realize her symptoms were normal, had a name or could even be treated. Glasock, and other other moms, described their symptoms, their feelings, and how they sought help to conquer this mental illness.

Dads' brains are ready to bond with kids

Thursday, 7/3/2014

The increasing trend in today's society is the the number fathers who are the primary caregivers. The study of motherhood and the changes in the brain have been closely studied, however this rise in the number of father caregivers prompted researchers to study how the male brain responds and changes in response to fatherhood. This recent study highlights that fathers' brains show similar brain activity to moms when they care for their children. 

"Click" Antenatal classes in the UK demonstrate better parent-baby bonding

Wednesday, 7/2/2014

University of Hertfordshire researches the effectiveness of "Click" a series of antenatal classes designed to target strong parent-infant bonds. The classes achieve this by strengthening mindfulness of the infant's meotional needs. Dr. Kondel-Laws conducted research on fifty pregnant mothers, with half attending regular antenatal classes and the other half took "Click" antenatal classes. The mothers who attended Click had an increased ability to be mindful of their infants needs, felt less hostile and enjoyed their babies more.

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