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Every year, hundreds of thousands of Australians embark on a disorienting, life changing journey. They have a baby

COULD it be that parents typically receive advice about their babies’ sleep which doesn’t improve night waking, undermines breastfeeding, worsens sleep distress for the whole family, and even places certain vulnerable babies at increased risk of behavioural and developmental problems in later childhood?

Sleep training can make life much harder for both mother and baby, according to Adjunct Associate Professor Pamela Douglas who is using the latest neuroscience findings to re-educate families on baby’s sleep.

Talk to new mothers about breastfeeding, and there’s one message sure to come through: it’s painful and it’s difficult.

Dr Pam Douglas, a researcher at the University of Queensland, says women tell her that the pain they suffer while breastfeeding is worse than labour.

Over the last 6 months, in partnership with the Brisbane South Primary Health Network, Possums Education has delivered Parent Mentor training to 28 parents across two groups in the Redlands region.

Count on a Dietitian for facts not fads!

Postnatal nutrition power!

A separation of the abdominal muscles, called a diastasis, impacts the functioning of the pelvis, spine and hips, and therefore also how you bend.

Food and meal times can be one of the biggest battlegrounds for families. Toddlers and young children often use food choices as a way of asserting their growing independence.

What do the best sleepers do to get to sleep?  Nothing – they just lie down and off they go. What do those of us who can’t get to sleep do?

In the first year of life a typically developing infant learns and practices a large variety of movements which help their nervous system mature and integrate the two sides of their bodies, as well as developing the capacity to lift their body up against the constant forces of gravity. 

It's that time of year – the holidays between finishing kinder and starting Prep.  Some kids will be looking forward to starting school and others don't want to even try on their new school uniform.  So how do parents know whether their child is ready for school?

You’ve survived pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester. Life with a newborn is settling into more of a routine. There’s maybe even a few longer stretches of sleep starting to appear on the horizon. Then, before you know it, another milestone looms around the corner – the introduction of solid food. 

You may be one in two Australians at any one time trying to lose weight.  Be it from a recent health scare, a hard word from your doctor, or realising you can’t do something that really matters to you.  Despite shows like “The Biggest Loser”, the evidence of success for people losing a meaningful amount of weight and keeping it off in the long term is very low.

Ever tried singing “If you’re angry and you know it, stamp your feet” to a toddler who is experiencing a frustrating moment and noticed a light switch on in their eyes and a smile slowly appear?

So often parenting is a vertical job.  We worry about keeping our kids safe, respectful and engaged.  We relate to them through our differences: we are more experienced and developed, we have more wisdom and power. It is our job to guide and protect them.

The headlines read: “It's OK to let your baby cry himself to sleep,” i and the reports are accompanied by images of babies in the first months of life.

I commonly hear mothers say, “I am so exhausted. I have nothing left to give.” I promise you these women mean every word. There is nothing left to give. It’s all being poured into the abyss of Getting Through.

ADHD is a diagnosis based on a checklist of symptoms or behaviours. We can see these in children when a part of the brain, in the prefrontal cortex called 'executive function', isn't working well. 

Different professionals will have different processes for making the diagnosis.

It can be incredibly confusing for parents and carers when your child needs extra help to meet their particular developmental challenges.  

As a psychiatrist I see people with depression every day.  Every depressed person is experiencing something different from another depressed person.  That’s because depression is not one thingbut a set of interacting emotions, thoughts and behaviours.

New parents often receive a great deal of conflicting advice from health professionals they like and trust.

A lot of effort has gone into establishing the marvellous health benefits of human milk over the past half century, but that doesn’t help those many women who are unable to transfer the milk from their breasts into their babies without pain.

There are lots of different reasons as to why children may struggle with aspects of school - learning difficulties, emotional challenges, hearing loss, health problems, social issues or even just poor fit between your child and the particular teacher or school.

Do you worry that your child is doing things or behaving in ways that other children aren't or that your child's behaviour just doesn't make sense?

When your baby is distressed, how do you use your voice? Do you sing, speak quietly or use a combination of both modalities?  Or do you feel so upset that singing is the last thing on your mind and yells of exasperation come rushing out instead?

Babies experience two kinds of hungers: the hunger for milk, and the hunger for sensory experience. The hunger for milk is potentially life-threatening if it’s not satisfied; the hunger for sensory stimulation is not directly life-threatening, it’s true, but vital anyway because the baby’s neuronal pathways wire up in direct response to sensory input.

Feeling blue, down, sad, depressed or overwhelmed is common at any stage of life, and is particularly common in the days, weeks and months after having a baby.

Dear Brian, There are, I’m told, long queues of parents outside your stall at the Brisbane Pregnancy Babies and Children Expo this weekend, waiting patiently for a Medicare-rebate-only consultation with you.

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Masterclasses
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The opening of The Possums Centre
Parents can now see Dr Pamela Douglas at the Possums Education and Research Centre, Greenslopes Private Hospital.

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PIPPS
We have now launched PIPPS Parents, which gives you access to support of other parents and a wealth of Possums’ resources.

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