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1. Pregnancy & Birth

Fertility and conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postpartum period.

2. The Infant

From newborn to 17 months.

3. The Toddler

From 18 months to age 3.

4. The Growing Child

From age 4 to age 9.

5. The Adolescent

From age 10 to age 18.

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Crying and Comforting
Tuesday, 23 Dec, 2008 – 15:37 | 16 Comments

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Summer 2008 AP in a Non-AP World issue of The Journal of API
All babies cry. And all parents are continually striving …

AP in a Non-AP World
Tuesday, 23 Dec, 2008 – 14:48 | 4 Comments

By Sophie Aitkin
**Originally published in the Summer 2008 AP in a Non-AP World issue of The Journal of API
My first baby, Howard, was born in the back seat of our family car on the way …

Help Your Toddler Bond with the New Baby
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 22:00 | 6 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
“Mommy, why do you need another Yonatan?” asked my first-born, looking at my …

Sibling Spacing: Five-Plus Years Apart Means More Time with Each Child
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 15:51 | 5 Comments

By Amy Carrier O’Brien
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Aiden was seven and a half when Owen was born, and almost ten when Liam was born. He had …

Sibling Spacing: Two Years Apart and Getting Easier with Age
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 15:26 | 8 Comments

By Melissa Hincha-Ownby, API Resource Leader of Arizona, API’s Technology Coodinator, and API’s Forum Administrator
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
One of the most common questions that parents …

Sibling Spacing: One Year Apart, Too Close or Just Right?
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 11:50 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
I love babies, especially the newborns. I love breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, the …

Postpartum Depression Affects Attachment
Friday, 19 Dec, 2008 – 17:18 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
An article on France’s InfosJuenes.com, “Risk of Maternal Depression on the Infant,” reveals research that shows the negative effects of depression in mothers on their babies.
Compared to children of nondepressed mothers, children …

API Members React to Motrin Ad
Friday, 19 Dec, 2008 – 14:29 | One Comment

From API’s Publications Team
The makers of Motrin received a flood of feedback from parents about the ibuprofen brand’s latest advertising campaign targeting mothers. The ad, which had been released in November, had put moms and dads on the …

Hannah’s Story: Infant Reflux
Friday, 19 Dec, 2008 – 1:58 | No Comment

By Stephanie Petters, leader of API of North Fulton, Georgia, & API’s Membership Liaison
**Originally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day used to …

Tennessee’s Infant Deaths Can Be Prevented
Thursday, 18 Dec, 2008 – 17:32 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Attachment Parenting International Co-founder Barbara Nicholson was quoted in a Public News Service (PNS) article about Tennessee’s high infant mortality rate.
According to PNS, 9 of every 1,000 babies born in Tennessee die during …

Caroline’s Story: Living with 25+ Food Intolerances
Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2008 – 17:28 | One Comment

By Lindsay Killick
**Originally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API
When our daughter Caroline joined our family, after a few rough weeks, things seemed to fall right into place. We …

Cora’s Story: Food Allergies in a Breastfed Baby
Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2008 – 16:00 | 6 Comments

By Rachel Losey, co-leader of API of Norman, Oklahoma
**Originally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API
Motherhood was different than I expected it to be. I never imagined that I …

Anna’s Story: The Importance of Hearing Screenings in Newborns
Monday, 15 Dec, 2008 – 2:25 | No Comment

By Kathie Dolce, HBCE
**Orginally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API
When my granddaughter Anna was already over a year old, her parents began to realize she did not hear. …

Research Discourages Forward-Facing Buggies
Friday, 12 Dec, 2008 – 16:37 | No Comment

From API’s Communications Team
A study conducted at Dundee University in London suggests that babies transported in forward-facing buggies are more likely to suffer emotional stress due to lack of face-to-face time with their parents.
“Neuroscience has …

OpposingViews.com Argues Public Breastfeeding
Friday, 12 Dec, 2008 – 12:02 | No Comment

From the API Communications Team
OpposingViews.com is holding a debate on “Should Women Breastfeed In Public?” You are invited to read and comment on the arguments on www.opposingviews.com/questions/should-women-breastfeed-in-public.
Author Elizabeth Pantley, Lindsey Nelson of the FirstRight Advisory Council, …

Raising Kids the Hard Way
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 3:40 | 7 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
When it comes to raising children, a very old but true adage applies: “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”
Who says to a contractor building a skyscraper that he’s making more trouble …

Breastfeeding and Co-sleeping in a Critical Culture
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 3:25 | 23 Comments

By Lisa Walshe
Looking back at life often brings understanding. As I look back at my life as a mother, I have more questions than answers. I don’t really know what made me mother the way …

Dear Editor: Confused By Crying Article
Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2008 – 22:37 | No Comment

Dear Editor,
The article “Crying and Comforting” from The Journal of API, Summer 2008 AP in a Non-AP World issue, states: “Two commonly prescribed approaches include: ignore the crying and encourage the crying,” and it offers …

Discipline Begins at Birth
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 17:58 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
My youngest daughter is turning one year old this month. It’s amazing how much she’s changed since she was born - she’s learning to walk, waves …

Discovering On-Demand Breastfeeding
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 14:40 | 5 Comments

By Deborah Bershatsky, PhD, AP mother
“We’ll put her on modified demand feeding,” the pediatrician said confidently at Rachel’s one week visit.
I was eager to be a good mother and terrified I wouldn’t know how. I …

Baby Sign Language as an Attachment Tool
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 14:37 | No Comment

By Linda Acredo, PhD, and Susan Goodwyn, PhD, co-founders of the Baby Signs® Program
Lisa Smith, a young mother of two little girls, was at her wits end, and very worried. She knew enough about child …