Nearly half a million babies in the United States alone are born premature. That means that every 1 in 8 babies are considered “preterm.” Important fetal growth and development occurs, even in the last weeks of pregnancy. Learning about how to care for your baby and foster their development outside of the womb, and especially at home, is a valuable tool for parents.
In this course, as a parent or caregiver, you will be provided with helpful and timely information about caring for your baby after discharge from the hospital. You will learn about ways to interact with your baby, and how to best support your baby during daily routines such as sleep, feeding, and play. You will complete this course with heightened awareness of how your baby is communicating, learn methods on adjusting your baby's environment and understand more on how to support feeding.
Taking your baby home for the first time may leave you with a mix of emotions: excitement, pride, anxiety, anticipation, concern... however here at Affirming Parenthood, students will add skills and knowledge to their parenting toolbox and have more confidence in caring for their baby during daily interactions. The first months are the most crucial for development, and here, Affirming Parenthood will teach parents the necessary skills to care for these resilient babies. Also, you’ll have access to professional experts in the field of caring for premature infants, and more resources at your fingertips.
This course is compiled of 4 videos and 1 lecture, all less than 8 minutes long, so that you can complete each on your own time. As new parents, we understand that time does not come easy! You will also have the opportunity to print out materials, and practice your new knowledge of “reading babies’ cues” so that you can become the expert in your own child.
So take the lead and be your child’s advocate in learning how to best understand their needs, and how to communicate with your baby long before he speaks his first words.
Erika Cardamone, MS, CCC-SLP has been a speech-language pathologist for 8+ years, working with infants, children, and parents on maximizing communication, feeding, and swallowing skills. She has worked in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and home care environments, educating families and helping children thrive with speech, language, and feeding skills.
Erika has a wealth of experience with the evaluation and treatment of medically fragile children, as well as children with various behavioral feeding issues or developmental speech and language delays. She has taught at Columbia University and supervised graduate students abroad in South America and Africa, providing speech and feeding therapy to children in need.
Erika received her Masters of Science from Columbia University in Speech-Language Pathology in 2006. She currently lives in San Francisco with her family, and serves other families within the Bay Area. You can find out more about her and her practice at www.thespeechies.com.
Tessa Pickard, MS, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for working with families after pre-term birth and/or medical complications. Tessa specializes in infant development as well as early childhood mental health and is credentialed as an Infant-Parent Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Facilitator in the State of California.
Tessa believes that the parent-child relationship is the most important influence to healthy social emotional development for children.Tessa approach uses relationship-based interventions that maximize developmental growth and healthy attachment formation between parents and children.
Born and raised in Washington, DC Tessa went on to earn her BA in Psychology from Middlebury College in Vermont and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. Tessa has been working with children and families for the last 8+ years and currently has a private practice in San Francisco California where she resides with her own family. In her practice, she works directly with children and their families providing therapy as well as running parent groups and professional trainings throughout the Bay Area. Tessa also provides clinical supervision to therapists working in early childhood at a non profit in the Bay Area. Find out more about Tessa by visiting her website at www.pickardlcsw.com.