Welcome to SeattleBirthNet:  Parenting
Childbirth Education and Labor Support for Expectant Families

Much like breastfeeding, parenting is an area which requires it's own website!  Therefore, SeattleBirthNet officially
recommends this short list of parenting resources which tend to help with the most common early parenting questions
and challenges.  There are two authors high-lighted below and a few site links below the articles by Elizabeth Pantley.

In general, the sites listed here will lead parents down the road to empathy development with their babies.  That means
creating a relationship where you view the world through the eyes, mind, and needs of your infant.  The answers these
experts offer may not always give you the "easy way out" of late nights, patience beyond what you ever thought
possible, or sleepless weeks; but they will help guide you towards raising psychologically healthy children, which turns
right around to help the parent feel great about their abilities.  Though the days seems long, and the tasks difficult--
you can do this, you can make it successfully through this time.  It does take the use of your intuition and it takes
developing skills which you may not have innately within you.  But if you listen to your baby and your body, ask for help
where you need it and stick to the methods, you are giving your baby and yourself the gift of great parenting!

The sites here also offer their own resources, which I would encourage you to look through!  

Local resources can be found on the
Community of Mindful Parents website.  Listening Mothers is an incredible group
for new mothers while
Reflective Parenting offers workshops for parents of 18 month olds-5 year olds.  Both are
geared towards helping you tune in to the unique world of your child and are based on research in the fields of infant
mental health and child development.

For issues related to
Colic, or if you have been told you have a "colic-y baby and just need to put up with the crying
for the next three months"

Our local author Elizabeth Pantley has shared the following articles with SeattleBirthNet.com .  They are reproduced
here with her permission and she encourages you to print and share them as well.  
She is a parent educator, mother of four, and author o
f The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby
Sleep Through the Night.  Her newest arrival is the book Gentle Baby Care -- a complete A to Z guide filled with tips for
raising a baby in a loving, responsive way.

The articles written by Elizabeth Pantley are: (click on the title to read the article)

Should I let my baby cry it out?
The Baby Blues
Newborn Babies and Sleep
First-Born Jealousy
Co-Sleeping – Making it Work and Making it Safe
What is Preventing Your Baby from Sleeping Through the Night?
Write a Family Bestseller – My Sleep Book             
Wonderful Sounds for Sleep
Early Bedtime Means Better Baby Sleep
Handling Unwanted Advice
Going Visiting With Your Baby
Get Your Toddler to Cooperate!
Casual Remarks An excerpt from:  Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions are Really Telling Our Children
“ Daddy, Play With Me! ”
Stop the Diaper Changing Battles
Baby Tantrums
How to Have a Happy Marriage When You’re Busy Being Parents

Other Newborn Parenting Sites worth a quick look:

Psychological Development and Parenting accordingly
Empathy Development
What the research says about infant brain development (includes several one-minute videos)