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July 2014

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. Some women have come forward with lawsuits against the correctional facilities who violated the state laws with successful settlement.

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. This information will also be available under the Resources section of the website and under the tab "Resource Fliers."

"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. Now, Glasock has conquered her depression and is an advocate, speaking out for her maternal mental health, to raise awareness, and let other moms know they are not alone because that is exactly how she felt.


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. 

Feldman conducted the largest study on parental brain with more than 90 mothers and fathers to compare that change in fathers to mothers. The study consisted of 3 groups: heterosexual primary caregiving mothers, heterosexual secondary caregiving fathers, and homosexual primary caregiving fathers. Researchers recorded the different parents playing with their child then utilitzed a MRI tube to analyze their brain responses while watching the video. 

The results demonstrate that the primary caregiving mothers showed strong activity in the amygdala which is responsible for emotional regulation and bonding with the baby whereas secondary caregiving fathers demonstrated activity in the social cognitive processing of their brain. Results indicate the homosexual primary caregiving fathers demonstrate both the maternal and paternal networks present in the other 2 groups were both activated. Results also indicate that with time in caring for their child, all fathers demonstrated greater activity in the amygdala. Feldman states this is indicative of the plasticity of father's brains.

"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. The children of mothers who took the Click class, had large advantages in cognitive and motor skills and also demonstrated a key difference in emotional development in being "less clingy." This research shows promising positive effects for mothers and their children when infant behavior and emotional needs are better understood.


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