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Your Baby Skin to Skin is a reassuring common-sense companion for new parents.
There’s no such thing as ‘normal baby behaviour’ and no baby is going to fit in exactly with your expectations from before they’re born. In Your Baby Skin to Skin, midwife Rachel Fitz-Desorgher teaches you how to trust your baby’s instincts – and yours – from your baby’s birth and throughout their first year.
The book explores your baby’s basic needs – food, comfort, love, care, sleep etc. – and how these vary and develop as your baby grows. It focuses on the fact that there is no ‘normal’. Your baby isn’t born with preconceived ideas or expectations – just survival reflexes and instincts, the same as all babies since primitive times, no matter how modern living has advanced since then. The author describes how you can use this knowledge to learn, understand, nourish and care for your baby. She explains clearly why babies may act in a certain way and how you can cope more easily – letting your baby take the lead.
The book is written in an easy-to-read non-judgemental style with a sense of authority but not patronising, using realistic Q&As and easy-to-read practical explanations – as if you’re chatting to a midwife in the same room. There’s a lot packed within its pages, including separate chapters on ‘suckling made really easy’ (simplifying breastfeeding and dealing with any issues that may arise) and ‘suckling the bottle-feeding way’ (with details about making up feeds, choosing formula milks and how much to give your baby).
Your Baby Skin to Skin makes perfect sense – taking away some of the stresses of new parenthood to put minds to rest. An ideal gift for new parents or parents-to-be!
Your Baby Skin to Skin gives parents a fresh, empowering approach to parenting. It takes parents on a reassuring and practical journey through your baby's first year. You are invited to contemplate your baby from a different perspective from the usual. One which can bring calm and solace along with many lightbulb moments of recognition.
This book has at its heart the delightful truth that your baby is a highly evolved human, pre-set instinctively to survive. You can simply step back and let your baby show you how to parent by understanding the inbuilt reflexes and instinctive cues. Instincts are not learned, need no practice and can never be wrong. After all, no-one taught us to sneeze, we can't get better at sneezing through practice and we can't sneeze wrong! Likewise, a newborn baby comes ready-primed to feed, sleep and learn perfectly well and cannot get these things wrong, so turn down your anxiety and learn from your little instinctive expert.
Taken from conversations with thousands of parents over 30 years, Your Baby Skin to Skin speaks about the real baby before your eyes. Not some mythical creature you have yet to meet. It reflects you as a real parent and releases you from the need to wrestle with your baby's nature and instead, allow yourself to sink naturally together into parenthood.
By stepping back, accepting that your baby really can't get the business of being a baby wrong, you can finally rid yourself of the need to teach your newborn the basics of life. Parenting can be about watching evolution unfold before your eyes, safe in the knowledge that there are millions of years of natural selection wrapped up in your child and you ensuring that both of you will respond to each other naturally and correctly.
So, don't panic. All is as it should be. Millions of years of evolution have got us here safely and now you can relax and get to know your baby.
Rachel is an inspirational midwife. This book will be essential reading for all new mothers. - Zita West
Rachel's like the best mother, doula, midwife and best friend all rolled into one. With a new baby, you'd want her by your side. - Joanna Page
Publication date: 01/07/2016
Publisher: White Ladder an imprint of Crimson Publishing
|Publication date:||1st July 2016|
|Publisher:||White Ladder an imprint of Crimson Publishing|
|Categories:||Pregnancy, birth & baby care,|
Rachel has spent the last 30 years working as a midwife, infant feeding consultant, active birth teacher and parenting consultant. Always more interested in the parent-baby relationship than catching babies, Rachel co-created Henley Birthcare, a unique freelance midwifery and doula service offering bespoke care. She teaches other midwives and lectures on infant feeding and tongue-tie. Her approach to feeding, soothing and parenting babies is unique, practical and hugely successful.More About Rachel Fitz-Desorgher