Upcoming Praeclarus Press Webinar Teaches Friends, Families, and Others How to Most Effectively Meet the Needs of Postpartum Families and Care Tenderly For New Mothers

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The first few weeks of new motherhood can be a stressful and lonely time, and friends and family often do not know how they can help. An upcoming webinar from Praeclarus Press teaches how to best meet the needs of postpartum women and families, and help ease the transition into parenthood.

by Salle Webber

One caring person can make all the difference in caring for new mothers and families.

The first weeks of a newborn's life are colored with a sense of the miraculous nature of existence, yet can also be exhausting and confusing for the family. Praeclarus Press offers an upcoming webinar that offers suggestions on how friends, family, and postpartum care providers, such as doulas and lactation consultants, can be most helpful to new families. Postpartum offers a unique opportunity for people who care about new families to make a real difference in the family's care at this tender time.

Postpartum doula Salle Webber will present a live webinar on January 23, 2014: Community-Based Postpartum Care: How to Help a New Family. This webinar will offer a look at what the family needs, both physically and emotionally, how friends and family can provide useful service, and how to organize this support to maximize efficient use of available help.

Unfortunately, new mothers in our culture often do not get this kind of help and support. Mothers may exist for weeks in a blur of sleep deprivation, lack of companionship, insufficient food or drink throughout the day, limited ability to attend to their personal-hygiene needs, confusing demands from their babies, and in some cases, depression as a result. The outside world is going on without them. Their partners are back to work after a week or two at most; their friends are busy and seem so well-dressed when they drop in. The mothers' clothes don’t fit, their breasts are enormous and dripping milk. They haven’t had a conversation with an adult in hours--or days. Their focus is on putting the baby to breast, milk let-down, burping, pooping, and spitting up. The modern world is less than interested, and they may feel isolated and alone.

According to Salle Webber, it doesn't have to be this way; one caring person is all it takes to change all that. Daily attention and companionship are therapeutic. Sharing the wonder of the child is a lovely experience for all. Salle recommends that people who support new mothers remember the miracle that this new life represents, and know that it is an honor to be part of this circle. Approach the mother with kindness and encouragement, and give her the courage to tap into her own internal wisdom about how to care for her baby.

Salle Webber has been serving families as a professional postpartum doula in Santa Cruz, California since 1988, and has been a teacher of the gentle art of caring for families with newborns. She is known for her wisdom, humor, and tender touch with babies and mothers, and is the author of The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care, published by Praeclarus Press.

The webinar is sponsored by Praeclarus Press and will take place January 23, 2014, 1 p.m. EST.

Praeclarus Press is a small press dedicated to women's health that was founded by health psychologist, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D. It is based in Amarillo, Texas. Praeclarus Press features books, e-books, webinars, and other resources for parents and professionals on all aspects of women's health.

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