Friday, 28 November 2014

Complete freedom of movement. Emmi Pikler

Piklerian developmental approach: history and principles

The principles of the Piklerian approach
l. Complete freedom of movement
2. The outstanding importance of tactful and respectful care in the relationship of the infant and the adult caring for him is a less well-known yet important element of the Pikler approach.
3. Emmi Pikler proved that it is possible to avoid the harm of institutionalization, by putting aside the traditional caregiving practices common in institutions and applying what she had learned from her experiences with normal families.

Being in movement

The Role of Body Caring. Activities in the Piklerian approach of Mothering

The Researching infant

Observation, application and Research: The Pikler Paradigm


Thursday, 23 October 2014


Trailer of Reina, Hands of giving birth by Miguel A. Martinez


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The water table: Early Speech & Language Development

Speech/Language Areas You Can Target While Playing With the Water/Sand Table

You can target just about anything with a water table! Here are some ideas for you, depending on your child’s needs:
  • Imitation skills: Some little ones need to first work on imitation skills. One thing you can do is imitate your child’s actions, vocalizations and/or words while he plays. Imitate something he does/says and then wait. You can learn more about building imitation skills in my post all about turn taking and imitation.
  • Turn Taking Skills: Practice taking turns with toys to help teach the import skill of turn taking, which is vital to speech, language & social development.
  • Animal sounds: Grab some small toy animals and throw them in the water/sand table! Model different animal sounds and provide your child with opportunities to imitate you and make the animals talk.
  • Articulation (speech sounds): You can use the water table to target sounds your child may be working on in speech therapy. For example, if your child is working on the /p/ /b/ and /m/ sounds, you can gather items that begin with those sounds and place them in the water/sand table for play! Say the words and encourage your child to repeat your words.
  • Body Part Identification (on self or toys)
  • Pronouns (I, me, you, he, she, they, hers, his, etc.)
  • Prepositions: You can use water toys, cars, toy animals (just about anything) to target preposition vocabulary while playing with the water/sand table.
  • Basic concepts: sizes, shapes, colors
  • Adjectives: other describing words
  • Verbs and verb use
  • Requesting: The water table is a great time to work on simple requesting skills. You can hold a desired toy just out of your child’s reach, look at him and WAIT. Model the language he needs if he needs a prompt/cue.
  • General pretend play skills
  • Following Simple Directions
  • Answering Simple Questions (who, what, yes/n0)


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Night walking among breastfeeding mothers and infants - Dr James McKenna

Conflict, congruence or both?

Keywords: infant night waking, maternal–infant conflict, mutual benefits, arousal functionality, maternal-induced infant arousals and breastfeeding


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

La Loba the film. Catherine Béchard

After more than 25 years Catherine Béchard decides to share her experiences as a healer and gives us her reflects on giving birth.


catherine-curandoCatherine en Toulouse
About Catherine Béchard

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Stop Kristeller

El Parto es Nuestro presenta el informe final de su campaña “Stop Kristeller: cuestión de gravedad”


Getting Pushy
by Alison Bastien

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Carlos Gonzalez: the doctor who wants parents to break the rules

Ten years on from his bestselling book about children and food, Dr Carlos Gonzalez has turned his attention to wider parenting issues. But this isn't a quick fix, finds Annalisa Barbieri - it's a whole different way of looking at child rearing.


The food of love. For a successful breastfeeding

The Food of Love – your formula for successful breastfeeding 

A review of Kate Evans’ The Food of Love: your formula for successful breastfeeding by Blue Milk
Motherhood, and breastfeeding particularly, can be a terribly earnest business and can consequently make for a deathly boring read. So it is refreshing when a writer comes along who can make a ‘how to’ motherhood book lively. Kate Evans is one such writer. Her style is relaxed, chatty and inclusive (not unlike really skilled bloggers), and her book about breastfeeding is both informative and enjoyable to read. Evans’ writing is greatly aided by her skills as a political cartoonist. The Food of Love is filled with hand-drawn illustrations, which as the book says means that if you’re too exhausted with new motherhood to read much you can still pick up the main points by flicking through the cartoons. Utterly charming, Evans’ breastfeeding mothers are depicted as a wonderful range of women with various ethnicities, sub-cultures and body shapes (including loads of different breasts). (Although one of Evans’ few oversights is its heteronormativity). The breastfeeding mothers in The Food of Love successfully destigmatise the physique of motherhood. When a mother in one of Evans’ cartoons hikes up her t-shirt to feed her baby you can see a post-pregnancy saggy tummy. And while her mothers will sometimes look absolutely serene feeding their babies, they might also be in a range of other real-life motherhood states like worn-out, distracted, or even simultaneously computering.
The Food of Love covers all the usual topics of breastfeeding; how to attach a baby to your nipple, how to know if your baby is getting enough milk, and how to cope with engorgement, but also goes where few other breastfeeding books have peered – including topics such as feminism and body image. And certainly no other ‘how to’ book that I’ve read has ventured into the problems of breastfeeding when it triggers memories of incest and sexual abuse for women. If I gave out stars for my reviews I would give this book an extra star all of its own for finally including this issue, which I suspect is a hidden and significant cause behind low breastfeeding rates. Evans’ section on post-natal depression, which includes strategies for partners on how to bring the problem up, is also second to none.
My only caution with this book is one that I’d have with any breastfeeding book and that is that latching a tiny newborn’s mouth on to your eye-popping new nipples is tricky stuff, maybe too tricky for any book. The instructions in The Food of Loveread every bit as complicated as it was in practice for me the first time around. I’m not sure that I’d have got there through books alone, no matter how carefully they were written, and in the end it took several appointments with the best lactation consultant this city has to offer to fix my latchment problems.
The Food of Love also examines several of the stickier parenting debates, like co-sleeping versus separate rooms, and baby-wearing versus prams. Those women entirely not interested in giving co-sleeping, baby-wearing and the like a go may find Evans’ approach a little obtrusive because her enthusiasm for these practices is as great as it is for breastfeeding, but I doubt the book will drive those women away. Evans is a cheerful writer, and ultimately so endorsing of mothers (when was the last time you read a parenting book that concluded with instructions to ignore the book if in any way it has undermined your confidence as a parent?) that her book is unlikely to offend in spite of its partisan nature.
In sum, this book is adorable.