Your Baby Experience

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Your Baby Experience

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Your Baby Experience is one of the long awaited additions to the YBE Childbirth Education Curriculum! Incorporating the same holistic approach you love about the Your Birth Experience guide, the baby curriculum offers a simple and understandable explanation of the normal flow of the 4th trimester, as well as tools to help you set satisfying and realistic goals for you and your family. 

One of the most exciting aspects of this book is that the focus is on the entire family, not just the baby. Parents learn self-care and gain tools for creating a support system as well as evidence-based, time-tested infant care skills. 

Your Baby Experience Chapters include:

1. Introduction to Your Baby Experience

2. Do I Really Need a Baby Plan?

3. Envisioning Your Baby Experience

4. Understanding the Fourth Trimester

  • Vaginal or Cesarean Birth
  • Immediate Postpartum Recovery: The Golden Hour
  • Newborn Procedures
  • Postpartum Recovery Following the Golden Hour: vaginal bleeding, hormonal shakes, nausea, fatigue, pain medication, perineal care, and more
  • Initiating Breastfeeding After Delivery
  • Meeting Your Baby: Normal Newborn Appearance
  • Returning Home from Your Birthing Location
  • Days 3-7
  • Up to Week 2
  • Week 3
  • Week 6
  • Week 8
  • Weeks 9-12
  • Beyond the 4th Trimester

5. Preparing for Your Baby Experience

  • 5 Steps to a Better Baby Experience: Balanced Nutrition, Physical Care, Emotional Care (Including detailed information about Perinatal Mood Disorders), Practical Care, Creating a Postpartum Plan
  • Baby Gear You Really Need

6. Understanding Fourth Trimester Options:

  • Newborn Procedures
  • Breastfeeding & Other Infant Feeding
  • Umbilical Cord Care
  • Bathing Baby
  • Diapering
  • Circumcision & Circumcision Care
  • Foreskin Care
  • Pacifiers
  • Establishing Postpartum Routine
  • Sleeping Arrangements
  • Swaddling
  • Postpartum Hair Loss
  • Sibling Help
  • Tummy Time
  • Fingernail Care
  • Babywearing

7. Appendix and Resources

8. Communicating Your Baby Preferences

  • Tips for Interviewing Pediatricians & Collaborative Communication
  • Baby Plan/Preferences Worksheet
    • Plan for Nutrition
    • Plan for Physical Care
    • Plan for Practical Care
    • Plan for Emotional Care
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