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Getting to know your baby—a growing experience
Tuning in to your baby
Common feelings for the ‘mother-to-be’
The ‘inside story’—feelings after birth
Who nurtures you?
What do babies need?
Where did you learn to be a mother?
My family, myself
Identifying ‘what belongs where’
Looking forward … learning and loving through play
Some things to think about in the last months of pregnancy
Beginnings and changes on the road towards fatherhood
The birth experience
Connecting with your baby
Where did you learn to be a father?
Your strengths
The stress of fatherhood!
Do ‘real men’ ask for help? Who nurtures dad?
Breastfeeding: not your problem! Or is it?
What have other new mums told us they want from their partners?
What men say about moving towards fatherhood …
Focus on mental health
Changing body, changing lives
Let’s take a closer look …
Parents’ expectations
Quiz—Get real!
Plan ahead to make life easier
Problem solving—what will you do when things get tough?
Every problem has a solution!
Being realistic
Self-care and stress
How do you cope?
Inherited coping strategies
My coping models
Self-care and stress busters
Life stress—how do you rate?
Life events
Common problems for new parents
Self-esteem
What are the advantages of high self-esteem?
How do you build your self-esteem?
From lovers to parents: managing relationship changes
A closer look at how relationships work
Communication
What kind of parenting partnership do you want?
How you grew up!
Your parents’ relationship
Other influences
Assertiveness skills for new parents!
How assertive do you like to be?
How do you recognise assertiveness?
Let’s practise!
Intimacy
Little acts of kindness
Let’s be practical—who will do what?
Let’s swap jobs for a day!
The importance of balance
Identify your rewards! What makes you happy as a person?
Noticing how your activities can influence your mood
Beware the downward spiral
Addressing the balance: making order out of chaos
Coping with anxiety
Identifying your coping style
Are you a constructive coper?
How do you think?
The interaction between thoughts, feelings and behaviour
Sampling your thoughts
Other examples of thoughts
Changing negative thinking: avoid thinking traps!
Breaking free of your thinking traps
Let’s rehearse! Practising cognitive strategies
Using a thought diary
Understanding newborn babies
Sleeping like a baby
Sleeping tips for your newborn
Settling quiz
Why does my baby cry?
Tips to understand crying
Learning to listen to your baby
Play suggestions for young babies
Feeding your baby
Common breastfeeding problems
Bottle-feeding
What are your preferences?
Let’s have a ‘dress rehearsal’!
For mum—accepting the birth
Nobody told me! Reality meets expectations…
What babies need
Coping with negative feelings
Check your ‘self-talk’
A balancing act: your relationship and parenting partnership
What have you noticed in your relationship?
Taking action: what do you need to do to communicate?
Appendices
References
Further reading
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Towards Parenthood

Towards Parenthood

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