18 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

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.5 • 11 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.

    Giving birth: what can I do to be ready?

    Giving birth: what can I do to be ready?

    In this conversation, Dr Sarah Buckley, Ms Karen McClay and Dr Pamela Douglas discuss what you might do to prepare for birth, and what you might expect. In the extraordinary passageway of birth, our mind, body, and spirit embark upon a liminal journey, a heroic journey of great significance in most women’s lives. Sarah and Karen draw on their formidable knowledge of the Australian health system and women’s birth experiences to help you navigate your own way through, so that you feel confident and empowered.

    Dr Sarah Buckley is a GP with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning (www.sarahbuckley.com). She is author of the bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices. Sarah has an ongoing interest in the hormones of labour and birth, which culminated in her groundbreaking report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing (2015 Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women and Families). She has presented at over 120 workshops and conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the UK, the US and Canada. Sarah is also a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, where her research is focused on oxytocin and the autonomic nervous system in labour and birth, and the impacts of interventions.

    Ms Karen McClay is an experienced midwife and the Director of Calmbirth (www.calmbirth.com.au). Calmbirth was the first Australian childbirth education program to recognise the interrelationship between mind and body in birth. Calmbirth® uses this mind-body connection to help couples replace fear, stress and anxiety about giving birth with the knowledge and skills to birth their baby calmly, fearlessly, safely and confidently. There are now about 100 registered Calmbirth educators in Australia, New Zealand, and France.

    Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP-researcher and founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs www.possumsonline.com, which offer care for new families facing breastfeeding, baby cry-fuss, and sleep challenges. All NDC programs integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy strategies, especially adapted by Possums for the perinatal period to support parental emotional well-being. Pam is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 53 min
    Pumping breast milk for your baby

    Pumping breast milk for your baby

    Most women use a breast pump at some stage during their breastfeeding experience, or many find themselves pumping all the way through. Pumping is demanding work. In this discussion, Pam and Emma explore the role of pumping breast milk, including for increasing supply and returning to work. We explore strategies which support successful pumping, and also discuss problems which might arise and how to deal with them. We discuss when and how you might return to only feeding your baby directly from your breasts, and those situations when pumping might actually undermine your supply.
    Emma McCabe is a popular breastfeeding counsellor in New York City, USA, and mother of two. Dr Pamela Douglas is Founder of Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or the Possums programs), a GP-Lactation Consultant, and Breastfeeding Medicine Specialist. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Transforming Maternity Care Collaborative, Griffith University, and Senior Lecturer with the Primary Care Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Pam and her team have developed a new gestalt approach to breastfeeding, which draws on the latest ultrasound, vacuum and MRI studies of breastfeeding biomechanics to support effective, pain-free breastfeeding . Pam is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 47 min
    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 2

    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 2

    Dr Nikki Mills is a New Zealand based paediatric ENT surgeon, who has a special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding and is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Nikki worked for many years at the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, moving in 2020 to Nelson Hospital in Nelson, New Zealand. In this second episode of an in-depth 3-part conversation, Pam and Nikki continue their deep dive into Nikki’s groundbreaking research. This episode focusses on her histological study of the floor of mouth fascia, her MRI study of infant swallow during breastfeeding, and her endoscopic study of airway and swallow in babies with laryngomalacia. These three studies further clarify the nature of the infant lingual and labial frenula and the biomechanics of breastfeeding. Pam and Nikki continue their discussions about the implications of this research for the clinical support of breastfeeding mother-baby pairs.
    Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP who works in breastfeeding medicine at the Possums Clinic Brisbane, with special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding, having first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994. Pam is a 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

    • 54 min
    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 3

    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 3

    Dr Nikki Mills is a New Zealand based paediatric ENT surgeon, who has a special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding and is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Nikki worked for many years at the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, moving in 2020 to Nelson Hospital in Nelson, New Zealand. In this third and final episode of an in-depth conversation, Pam and Nikki continue their deep dive into our biomechanical understandings of infant suck during breastfeeding. This episode considers ultrasound studies of infant suck, and the implications for the clinical support of breastfeeding mother-baby pairs.
    Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP who works in breastfeeding medicine at the Possums Clinic Brisbane, with special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding, having first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994. Pam is a 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.

    • 22 min
    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 1

    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 1

    Dr Nikki Mills is a New Zealand based pediatric ENT surgeon, who has a special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding and is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Nikki worked for many years at the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, moving in 2020 to Nelson Hospital in Nelson, New Zealand. In this first episode of an in-depth 3-part conversation, Pam and Nikki take a deep dive into Nikki’s groundbreaking anatomical dissection studies of the floor of mouth fascia, which reveal the true nature of the infant lingual frenulum. They discuss the implications of her studies for the biomechanical model of infant suck during breastfeeding, the diagnosis of ‘posterior tongue-tie’, the decision whether or not to proceed with frenotomy, and the risks associated with frenotomy.

    Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP who works in breastfeeding medicine at the Possums Clinic Brisbane, with special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding, having first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994. Pam is a 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.

    • 52 min
    A midwife-lactation consultant explores the most common challenges faced by women with babies during lockdown

    A midwife-lactation consultant explores the most common challenges faced by women with babies during lockdown

    https://possumsonline.com/ndc-practitioners/rjfitzgerald (Robyn Fitzgerald) is a Melbourne-based midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and NDC provider. She has been consulting by telehealth throughout the lockdown that became necessary again in Melbourne during a second wave of COVID-19 infections. In this conversation with Dr Pamela Douglas, Robyn discusses why the second wave stay-at-home regulations have been particularly difficult for new mothers. Robyn also talks about the most common problems brought to her, and the advice she finds she is repeatedly offering to these courageous women. Pam is a GP-researcher and https://education.possumsonline.com/ (founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs) www.possumsonline.com. Pam is also author of https://www.amazon.com.au/Discontented-Little-Baby-Book-ebook/dp/B00M6G1ABO (The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying).

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 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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