Postnatal Education

Do Twins Run in the Family?

A question I am asked a lot.  Here are several factors to influence whether or not twins run in families: 1)    How many children you already have, i.e. after having two or three, Mom may have at least twins; 2)    Age of Mom at conception, i.e. chances are higher of spontaneous conception (without fertility assistance) after the age of 30 and even higher after the age of 35 years.  Having said that, I have worked with a 16-year old and an 18-year old, both of whom conceived twins spontaneously. 3)    The closer they are to you in your Family Tree, the more likely it will be that you will conceive at least twins.  So, if your grandmother or aunt had twins...

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The Crying Baby: What is Baby Trying to Tell Us?

The Crying Baby:  What is Baby Trying to Tell Us? A baby’s main means of communication in the early weeks and months of life is to cry.  It doesn’t take too long for parents to note that not all of their baby’s cries sound the same.  Some are easily recognizable, e.g. hunger, anger and others which may not be so easy to “translate.”  As your multiples are individuals, it may be that one or more will not go through the same reactions at the same time.   What do We Know? ~All babies cry, even healthy ones receiving excellent care. ~By crying, babies can express their pain, hunger, anger, fear and boredom, but sometimes they will cry for no specific...

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Singleton Siblings of Multiples

Singleton Siblings of Multiples

It is normal for parents to worry about their singleton child(ren) when twins, triplets or more expected. Involved preparation for the singleton is imperative, but there are no guarantees that there will be a smooth transition. In spite of the parents’ best preparation efforts, the new arrivals can be a challenge for singleton siblings, especially if they have been the centre of attention for some time. Initially the multiples’ arrival may not impact the siblings too much but give it a week or 10 days and the realization sets in that Mommy and Daddy are not as available and there may be changes in behaviour. One 3-year-old singleton declared, “OK, that’s enough....

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All About Teething

Teething can be a challenging time not only for babies but for parents too. It can be very difficult to witness your babies’ upset and uncomfortable. Some babies have a rough time cutting teeth, while others seem to have a much easier time of it. Teething can result in fussy, unhappy, sleep-deprived babies and parents. Teething usually begins around 6 months of age. But it is normal for teething to start at any time between 3 and 12 months of age. By the time our children are about 3 years of age, they will have all 20 primary teeth. The lower front teeth usually make an appearance first*, while back molars are some of the last to erupt. There are several signs that...

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Kangaroo Care for Infants

Kangaroo Care for Infants

Definition: A method of caring for premature babies in which the infants are held skin-to-skin with a parent, usually the mother, for as many hours as possible every day.  Especially helpful with preterm and/or low birth weight infants. Process: Mom and/or Dad/partner wears an over-sized shirt, large hospital gown or loose clothing exposing their chest. Can also be successful with using a warm blanket.  The nearly naked (diaper and possibly cap only) infant is placed directly on the parent’s exposed chest and the shirt/blanket is wrapped snugly around baby, drawing him or her into the parent’s chest where he or she settles and snuggles. Multiples can also receive...

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Kangaroo Care For Infants

Kangaroo Care For Infants

Definition: Kangaroo care has become increasingly popular for newborn infants, especially preterm or low birth weight, whereby an infant is held skin-to-skin against the chest of an adult, usually the parents.  Ideally kangaroo care will begin right after birth and continue for as long as is possible, although short periods of time are also beneficial to babies and parents.   Process: Mom and/or Dad/partner are usually wearing an over-sized shirt, large hospital gown or loose clothing exposing their chest.  The nearly naked (diaper only) infant is placed directly on mother/father’s exposed chest and the shirt wrapped snugly around baby, drawing him into the...

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