In Class 12, we generally cover newborn care and postpartum care. We usually have couples from past classes come share their birth stories. We can talk about cloth diapering, baby wearing and safe co-sleeping if there is interest.
Below is a link round-up of resources and information that others have found helpful. I do not validate information or necessarily recommend the sites below, but as always, encourage you to do your own research and make informed decisions.
Evidence Based Information
Information on Breastfeeding
Laid Back Nursing
Medicine Database and Nursing – there is also a free app for this
Videos about latching and hand expression
Funny Breastfeeding Video
Baby Friendly Hospitals
Fun graphic about breastfeeding
La Leche League Meetings
Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington (free and low-cost classes)
Northern Virginia Lactation Consultants
“Boys and girls get different breastmilk”
Articles on TongueTies
Local Doctors who can help:
The Ashburn Pediatric Dentist: click on Infant Frenectomy
Dr. Earl Harley at Georgetown ENT
Gestation & Biology
Video of Fetal Circulation, placenta, etc: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/healthcare-and-medicine/fetal-circulation/v/meet-the-placenta
From Conception to Birth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvanNDQhlYI
Endowment for Human Development: http://www.ehd.org/movies-index.php
Life’s Greatest Miracle: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/life-greatest-miracle.html
Natural Parenting Resources
FAQs on Co-sleeping: http://www.platypusmedia.com/files/SleepingWithYourBabyFAQs.pdf
A few words on self-soothing: http://www.janetlansbury.com/2011/10/the-truth-about-infant-self-soothing/
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
AAP Vaccine Schedule
Statistics on vaccine injury claims:
Alternative Vaccine Information Websites
Optimal Cord Clamping
Ted Talks - Optimal Cord Clamping - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw53X98EvLQ
History of circumcision
Websites about why one wouldn’t circumcise:
Video on circumcision
AAP 2012 statement on circumcision
annotated version of the AAP August 2012 report
Peggy O Mara on the new AAP statement
This is a great link on FAQs.
This is another great basic how to list of questions.
I LOVE these prefolds. They are incredibly economical and durable. I went with the organic ones.
There are four sizes, and some people just start with the small instead of the XS. Depends on how big baby is when born. You need 24-36 diapers at least. If you plan on line drying, you definitely want 36 (or more). You will need 3-4 covers to go over the prefolds. I personally use Flip covers. Their inserts are okay, but they are hard to use with the snappi (what people use instead of pins.)
Most people use a combination of diapers. Some prefolds, some AIOs (All in Ones), some pockets, or some flats.
Pockets have an insert that pulls out, so they dry much quicker. Flats are just a big square. They take a little bit more practice in folding than a prefold, but are less bulky than prefolds
Fitteds are great for bedtime. They are incredibly absorbent. There are tons of independent moms who make fitted diapers from home and sell them on the internet. They can get a little pricey (since they are made here in the US, but the resale value is pretty good).
Fitteds require a cover to be waterproof, but most moms let their kiddos go around the house without a cover for better breathability. At night, I have always used a fitted and a wool cover for better breathability. With a newborn, you will still be changing the diaper all night long, though, because they poop all night long. Once they stop pooping in the middle of the night, you can make the decision if you want to keep changing the diaper.
There are generally two sizes of diapers: newborn and one-size. The newborn diapers will fit until about 12lbs, and the one-size will fit until they use the potty. Some people choose to wait until the child is old enough to fit into one-size diapers. We bought a lot of out newborn diapers used, and sold them for what we bought them for, though, so it wasn't a big deal.
You will need to investigate detergents. Most detergents will cause residue to build up on the diapers that makes them not absorbent for urine. If you order anything from Green Mountain Diapers, definitely ask for a first time packet.
Where to buy used CDs (and clothes and carriers): http://hyenacart.com/stores/Spots_corner/
Saving Money with Cloth Diapers Article: http://www.cottonbabies.com/clothdiapers.php#savingmoneywithclothdiapers
Cloth Diaper Basics: http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/basics.htm
DC Babywearing Meetings: http://beltwaybabywearers.blogspot.com/
Place to buy (or rent): http://paxbaby.com/
Personal Care Products
Infant CPR Classes
Dr. Ioana Razi (202)-333-1774 in DC (doesn’t do insurance), BF friendly, alt. vax schedule okay
Dr. Staats and of Murphy and Staats: 703-503-9100 (breastfeeding friendly and alternative vax schedule okay)
Natural Cesarean Video
International Cesarean Awareness Network of NOVA
Easy to read book on AP: Beyond The Sling: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1451662181
One of my favorite parenting blogs:
Upright positions in the hospital
Anonymous Questions on ALL sorts of topics with answers from followers