Parents who are waiting to adopt a newborn baby, or who are expecting a baby through surrogacy, need to feel prepared and supported to care for their new baby. So, in collaboration with Choices Adoption Agency, we have designed Parenting The Newborn For Adoptive and Intended Parents, taught by experienced childbirth educators and postpartum doulas.
What do babies need? We approach the issue of baby care from the perspective of the baby. What does this little mammal need from us? How can we meet those needs?
Will the baby bond to us? We will pay special attention to the issues around attachment. These are a source of concern for all parents, but especially for adoptive parents. What does attachment look like? What can we do to forge a strong bond with our baby?
How will we feed the baby? We look in depth at baby feeding, by bottle or by breast, and at what we can do to facilitate good practices from the very beginning.
How do we take care of a baby? We will cover all aspects of baby care in the first 3 months - from bathing and diapering to carriers and car seats.
Will we be able to keep the baby safe? A First Aid Instructor will come to teach Infant Fist Aid and CPR.
Topics covered include:
The Newborn Baby (0-3 months)
- Newborn Appearance and Reflexes
- Newborn Medical Care
- Newborn Needs
- Attachment and the Newborn
- Infant crying
Baby Feeding and Sleep
- Bottle Feeding
- Formula, donor breastmilk
- Induced Lactation
- Infant Sleep
- Sleeping Arrangements
- Car Seats
- Baby Carriers
Infant First Aid
- Infant Choking Procedures
- Infant CPR
- Infant Seizures
- Allergic Reactions
- Prevention of childhood related injuries
Schedule: Four consecutive Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm.
Location: The Mothering Touch Centre
Fee: $165 (+GST) for two co-parents.
If you will be parenting your baby alone, please feel free to bring along an adult who will be supporting you in the first few months. If your baby is going to have more than two parents, please call us. We can make arrangement for the whole family to attend.
Which date to choose? If you have any difficulties selecting a class that fits with your dates, please contact us.