Welcome to Month 9 of your month-by-month checklist guide to a healthy pregnancy and birth! This to-do list with a twist contains key tips and action items for optimal health and birth preparation, in addition to reminders for fun things, too.
Based on the research of Ann-Marie Widstrom, a Swedish researcher on skin-to skin contact between mother and baby. There are nine observable newborn stages that occur in the first hour or two after birth when a baby is placed immediately skin to skin with his mother. These are innate and instinctive to the baby. Within each of these stages, there are a variety of actions the baby may demonstrate. The baby may do one, some, or all of these actions. The evidence supporting the practice of skin-to-skin contact after birth is robust, indicating multiple benefits for both mother and baby
"I still remember how nervous I felt on my son’s first day of preschool as I waved good-bye to him at the door of Noah’s Ark Preschool," says Ellen Acuna, In-School Services Mentor. "I wondered if my spirited three-year-old would sit still long enough, follow directions, or exercise impulse control when a classmate knocked down his blocks. I know my anxiety was mirrored in him, too. He wondered if he would have to eat the snack the school made, listen to this new teacher, and - most frightening of all - if Mommy would come back for him.
We often tell the legacies of our fathers in the fond stories of what we learnt about life from them. Positive, involved fathers help us to live a life driven by values, and guided by tried-and-true principles. Many fathers adeptly play the roles of coach and motivator, encouraging their children to focus on goals and to develop persistence and resilience in the face of life’s challenges.