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Can autism be prevented?

Professor Stuart Shanker has greatly advanced the field of infant temperament, influencing fellow researchers such as our own Medical Director, Dr Pamela Douglas.

Possums Baby sleep

This is a transcript of a conversation between Dr Pam Douglas and Director of the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre, Professor Helen Ball, all about safe baby sleep.

Speaking from personal experience, Dr Lauren Wilson discusses what it really means to share the responsibility of breastfeeding as a community.

This article discusses the multifaceted role of GPs as they work to prevent perinatal and infant mental health problems during lockdown.

In this article, Dr Pam analyses the overstimulated infant hypothesis, shares an overview of the evidence base, as well as a selection of scripts for parents relating to NDC.

If a baby’s circadian clock is not well aligned with her parents', it might be time to work with the family to create a sleep management plan together.

In this final part of our series on problem crying in babies, we look at evidence-based management of baby's feeding, sleep, and sensory needs and maternal mental health.

We explore the impact of interpretative biases on existing evidence concerning the gut and infant cry-fuss behaviours, and offer a neurobiological explanatory model.

Excessive crying is one of the most common presentations in early life, affecting 20% of infants. Here, Dr Pam looks at the evidence through a case study.

As the mother of a low-sleep need, high sensory need baby, I have benefited from babywearing and wanted to share some of the background, benefits and a few tips!

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This blog details the basic steps of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care approach (or Possums approach) to infant sleep.

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Dr Pamela Douglas and Emma McCabe explore the role of pumping breast milk, including for increasing supply and returning to work. 

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Could it be that parents are receiving advice about their babies’ sleep which worsens sleep distress for the whole family? Dr Pam Douglas reviews the evidence.

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In this chat with ABC Radio National, Dr Pam Douglas discusses how best to remove the obstacles to baby sleep and mums share how they've found the Possums approach.

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How do you go back to work and breastfeed at the same time? Dr Lauren Wilson explores the options and shares tips for working mums.

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Having trouble getting your little one to nap during the day? Dr Pam Douglas looks at reasons why this might happen, one of which is sleep training.

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This is a transcript of a conversation between Possums Medical Director, Dr Pamela Douglas, and Melbourne neonatologist, Dr Danielle Freeman.

It's common for mothers to experience social isolation after having a baby. Debbie Spink looks at ways to find meaningful, supportive postnatal connections.

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Dr Pam Douglas shares her thoughts on two infant sleep studies studying the impact of COVID-19 on parent and baby sleep.

Possums Baby Sleep Stories Competition - Kiri NDC

Kiri spent many frustrating hours trying to get her baby into a sleep routine. When it didn't work for her or her baby, she found Possums, and everything changed.

Looking for help with your baby or toddler's sleep that is not sleep training? You're not alone. Increasing numbers of parents are opting for evidence-based approaches.

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Thanks for everyone who has submitted entries for the Possums Baby Sleep Stories Competition. Here are our first entries!
 

Possums Baby Sleep Stories Competition - Kaitlyn

As a first-time mother, Kaitlyn was receiving all different kinds of advice about baby sleep. Strict routines did not feel quite right, so she tried something else.

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Dr Pam Douglas reflects on Possums' contribution to protecting vulnerable parents with babies on the International Day of Families, 2020, particularly during COVID-19.

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Your baby's sensory needs are constantly changing, so how do you nourish your baby's senses when COVID-19 has you stuck at home? Here is a generous list of ideas.

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This blog aims to orient the parents and carers of babies to the extraordinary nature of the times we suddenly find ourselves in.

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In the past couple of months COVID-19 has introduced a new level of uncertainty into our lives. How do you stay positive and connected as a parent during COVID-19?

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The frenotomy industry and how it may aggravate the distress faced by parents dealing with breastfeeding problems, without evidence of benefits.

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‘How did you do that?!’ Read this gorgeous story by Debbie Spink about how she used sensory stimulation to magically calm her 15 month old grand niece. 

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Many families ask “what happens during a Possums’ sleep consultation?” NDC Accredited Practitioner, Renee Keogh, sheds some light on what to expect.

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Conflicting advice given to new parents upon the birth of their baby can be stressful and disorientating. Dr Pam Douglas from Possums explains why we have to do better.

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

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Talk to new mothers about breastfeeding, and there’s one frequent message: it’s painful and it’s difficult. However, it doesn't have to be this way.

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A separation of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy and birthing impacts the functioning of the pelvis, spine and hips, and therefore also how you bend.

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What do the best sleepers do to get to sleep?  Nothing – they just lie down and off they go. So what do us tired new parents who can’t get to sleep do?

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Some kids look forward to starting Prep 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?

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When you are a parent and grieving, it's hard to know how to deal with our pain and how open to be with our children. Here is guide to surviving these difficult times.

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Headlines claiming that it's OK to let babies cry themselves to sleep are making life harder for parents struggling with baby sleep, writes Dr Pam Douglas.

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As a new parent, have you ever felt you have nothing left to give? Here are some proven strategies for improving your quality of life when you're doing your best to look after your newborn.

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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. 

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Different professionals will have different processes for making the diagnosis.

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

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Every depressed person experiences depression in their own unique way. Here are ten strategies you can use to deal with depression and improve your mental health.

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New parents often receive a great deal of conflicting advice from health professionals on breastfeeding, so understanding what helps and what doesn't is important.

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How do we help those many women who can't transfer milk from their breasts into their babies without pain? Dr Pam Douglas discusses this contentious issue.

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.

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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?

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Babies experience two kinds of hungers: the hunger for milk, and the hunger for sensory experience. Dr Pam explains why sensoral nourishment is vital to babies' neuronal pathways.

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Feeling sad or overwhelmed is common at any stage of life, and is particularly common in the days and months after having a baby, so how do you deal with it?

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Possums' Medical Director, Dr Pamela Douglas, writes an open letter to Dr Bryan Symon following the 2015 Brisbane Pregnancy and Children Expo.

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