11 episodes

2020 Baby is for parents with babies and the health professionals who care for them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever we need evidence-based, biologically aligned strategies for protecting a baby's rapidly developing brain, gut and immune system. Featuring information, strategies from Neuroprotective Developmental Care (www.possumsonline.com), and wide-ranging conversations with parents, clinicians, and other experts, 2020 Baby re-thinks early life care for these exceptional, transformative times.

2020 Baby Dr Pamela Douglas

    • Parenting
    • 4.6, 9 Ratings

2020 Baby is for parents with babies and the health professionals who care for them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever we need evidence-based, biologically aligned strategies for protecting a baby's rapidly developing brain, gut and immune system. Featuring information, strategies from Neuroprotective Developmental Care (www.possumsonline.com), and wide-ranging conversations with parents, clinicians, and other experts, 2020 Baby re-thinks early life care for these exceptional, transformative times.

    When you’re the father of a baby

    When you’re the father of a baby

    Bryan Crawford, father of a 1 and 3 year old (also of Longbow Productions), talks with Dr Pamela Douglas about the complexities and uncertainties of being supportive in those early months after the birth of a baby; about how to work as part of the parenting team; and how to step up when the time is right. Pam is a GP-researcher and founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs www.possumsonline.com. She is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 15 min
    COVID-19 uncovers an urgent need for more evolutionarily aligned approaches to infant-care

    COVID-19 uncovers an urgent need for more evolutionarily aligned approaches to infant-care

    Homo sapiens environment of evolutionary adaptedness bathed the infant in rich environmental stimulation, both social and non-social. Because of this, 21st century babies still thrive best in the context of diverse and complex sensory-motor experience, and when loving adults and older children respond to the baby and grow increasingly long and complex social reciprocity chains. The latest neuroscience proposes the primacy of motor development for optimal developmental outcomes. Motor development is enhanced by experiences of postural variability and sensory-motor stimulation from the beginning of life. Dr Pamela Douglas and Honorary Associate Professor Peter Hill reflect upon the potential risks of infant sleep training practices, which problematise sensory-motor stimulation, during a time of social isolation. Pam is a GP-researcher and founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs www.possumsonline.com. She is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 17 min
    COVID-19 uncovers health system inefficiencies in the care of mothers and babies

    COVID-19 uncovers health system inefficiencies in the care of mothers and babies

    Honorary Associate Professor Peter Hill has spent a life-time working to improve health systems both in Australia and in developing countries. Now, as we brace for COVID-19 in Australia and pull together to flatten the curve, Peter reflects with Dr Pamela Douglas about the implications of the pandemic for our health system both short and long-term, and in particular how this applies to service delivery for families with babies. Pam is a GP-researcher and founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs www.possumsonline.com. She is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 16 min
    COVID-19 disruption demands innovation in post-birth care

    COVID-19 disruption demands innovation in post-birth care

    The current disruptions to, and adaptations of, the health system in response to COVID-19 are an opportunity for a seriously strengthened primary care response to the common problems parents face after the birth of their baby - if we are serious about cost-effective protection of infant developmental outcomes and maternal mental health. This conversation between two Australian GPs addresses telehealth and the urgent need for government to invest in primary care including in post-birth care. Breastfeeding and unsettled infant behaviour problems are subject to widespread inappropriate medicalisation and expensive use of tertiary outpatient visits and residential admissions, in the absence of a co-ordinated, evidence-based, primary care response. Dr Wendy Burton is Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' Antenatal and Postnatal Specific Interest Group (maternity-matters.com.au). Associate Professor (Adjunct) Pamela Douglas is founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs (possumsonline.com) and author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 20 min
    How do we meet our baby’s need for rich environmental experience when we are isolating in the home?

    How do we meet our baby’s need for rich environmental experience when we are isolating in the home?

    Mothers often suffer significant fatigue in the midst of their highly demanding and ever changing occupations and roles, especially when they are primary caregiver which is the norm in most societies. For evolutionary reasons, babies quickly become discontent in interior environments for want of more complex and dynamic environmental stimulation. Considering families' everyday activities and routines, how does a primary carer (or both parents together) manage the baby’s hunger for rich and changing sensory-motor input during a pandemic - and stay sane? Dr Emma Crawford is an occupational therapist and researcher, and co-founder of Fig and Vine Well-being for Little Ones. She discusses this dilemma with Dr Pamela Douglas, GP-researcher and founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs www.possumsonline.com. Pam is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 58 min
    The baby who fusses at the breast

    The baby who fusses at the breast

    In this time of COVID-19 threat, we want breastfeeding to work for our babies so that their immune system remains as strong as possible. We want breastfeeding to work for women so that life is as easy as it can possibly be in the midst of everything. Fussing and crying at the breast is miserable for both mother and baby - and can usually be prevented or repaired. Emma McCabe, a breastfeeding counsellor in Brooklyn, New York, and Dr Pamela Douglas, an Australian GP-lactation consultant and breastfeeding medicine specialist, discuss three main causes of unsettled baby behaviour with breastfeeds. Dr Pam is founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs and author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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Conversations about breastfeeding based on evidence

I’m familiar with the Possums approach(es) but still learning so much from these conversations between Pam and a diversity of other experts at this unprecedented time. Highly recommend to anyone caring for a young baby or pregnant in the time of COVID-19.

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