Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Looking for Clinicians to Teach Music Classes

Exciting news! The Pump Station & Nurtury will be partnering with Baby in Tune to bring workshops that help caregivers bond with their babies through music. Vered (the creator of Baby in Tune) will be in LA late April and will be training clinicians to lead these groups. The qualifications are below. Please let us know if you or someone you know would be appropriate for this position. 

About the workshops:
Baby in Tune classes are a place for parents to connect with their baby through music, gain tools to joyfully interact with them, and develop a deeper understanding of their babies' emotional development. These unique classes implement concepts from psychology and methods from music therapy to focus on each developmental stage and its needs. Caregivers learn how to to use music to establish routine, soothe, communicate, play with their baby, and develop communication and language. The classes also include an element of group therapy for the caregiver through discussion and song and are a place for the caregiver to become more in touch with their own experiences, emotions, and inner music. 
Red Tricycle says: “After each class, you are left with a greater appreciation of the power of music, armed with a few more tricks on how to be an awesome parent.” 
For more info and to listen to the music go to www.babyintune.com.

Qualifications for group leader include:
1. Can play an instrument - guitar, ukulele, keyboard
2. Music Therapist or Psychotherapist
3. Experience leading groups
4. Experience providing therapy to caregivers/babies

If interested please email info@pumpstation.com and include your Resume.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Time to "Spring Forward": Tips For Helping Your Baby With Daylight Savings

By Jill Campbell, Psy.D.

One question that often comes up in The Pump Station & Nurtury's Mommy & Me classes this time of year is, "How do I help my baby adjust to daylight savings?" Every year around this time we prepare to move our clocks forward one hour (Sunday, March 12, 2017). While adults can usually adjust to this time shift pretty quickly, babies and toddlers often find the change a bit more challenging. Here are a few different ways to help your baby transition to daylight savings time:

1. Don't Change A Thing:
If you are a parent that has been struggling with an "early riser," then by doing nothing, your baby or toddler will naturally be waking up an hour later! Simply move your clock ahead to the new time after your baby has gone to sleep on Saturday night. Your baby will wake up at their normal time Sunday morning, which will now be an hour later on the clock.  So if your baby was an early riser and consistently waking up at 5:30am, then your child will now wake up at 6:30am according to the new clock. Proceed with your normal daily routine according to the new clock. Meals and naptimes tend to go pretty smoothly with this method, but you may find that come nighttime, your baby or toddler isn't feeling so sleepy.  This is because if you are putting your child down at their "regular" bedtime (let's say 7:30pm), but 7:30pm tonight was 6:30pm just the night before. Therefore, you might need to be a little flexible with bedtime, maybe putting your child down somewhere in between the old clock and the new clock. Then for the next few nights, keep shifting bedtime up until you are at your child's regular bedtime according to the new clock.

2. Start to shift your baby's feeding and sleeping
schedule slowly ahead of time.
Starting six days before daylight savings, prepare ahead of time by moving feedings, naps and bedtime earlier by 10 minutes each day. So if baby usually has her first feeding for the day at 7:30am, see if you can do that feeding at 7:20am. If she refuses, don't force her, but you get the idea. Just try to make the routine adjustments as the day goes on. If her first nap of the day is typically at 9:30am, see if you can put her down closer to 9:20am. These small time shifts should help your baby to go down a bit earlier at night without having a child that is just too awake for an earlier bedtime. If all goes well, then on Sunday morning after the time change, your baby will wake according to the new time. So if baby typically woke up at 7am before the time change, she will now wake up at 7am according to the new clock.  Her feedings and sleep times should now be adjusted to the new time. If you find it is still off a bit, (or if you did not start making these shifts so far in advance) just continue to shift in small time increments post time-change, until you are back on track.

3. Adjust the light:
Try to give your child at least a half an hour of natural sunlight first thing after waking up in the morning. This should help your child's internal clock adjust to the time change faster.  In addition, blackout shades can be very helpful if there is still sunlight coming into your child's bedroom at nighttime or before wake-up time in the morning.

4. Don't Panic:
Please remember that even if all this planning doesn't go quite according to schedule, simply by keeping to a steady daily routine, most children will naturally adjust to the time change within a week or so.
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Sleep Classes & Services at The Pump Station & Nurtury®

Sleep: Getting Your Newborn Off to a Good Start
Ages: Newborn - 3 months with Jill Campbell, PsyD
March 9 & April 6 at 3pm in Santa Monica Enroll...
March 13 at 2pm in Hollywood Enroll...

Sleep: Your Growing Baby
Ages: 4+ months with Jill Campbell, PsyD
April 3 at 2pm in Hollywood Enroll...
March 23 & April 20 at 3pm in Santa Monica Enroll...

Sleep Consultations - Learn more...

For sleep consultation information email: Jill@PumpStation.com
For nighttime in-home support information email: Doulas@PumpStation.com

Mommy & Me Groups - Topic discussed according to baby's stages. Sleep is a biggy!
Click here for more info... To enroll or inquire about available groups please email Dinora@PumpStation.com (Santa Monica Location) or Norma@PumpStation.com (Hollywood Location). Make sure to mention your baby's birth date so we can find the group that is right for you.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Tips to balance the newborn Fantasy with your new Reality
by Donna Ford & AJ Jonesco, Directors of Client Services
CAPPA Postpartum Doulas & Newborn Care Specialists

You have waited a lifetime for this moment – or at least 9 months. Today is the day you bring your brand new baby home for the first time. Elated? Terrified? Uncertain? Confused?  Sore? Yes, you may experience an entire range of emotions as you tackle one of your most rewarding challenges in your life - your newborn!

No doubt that you have plans and expectations for how this time is going to go. We want to help by giving you some quick tips to alleviate some of your uncertainty and give you confidence with your bundle of joy.

- Let it go! It's wonderful to prepare for baby’s homecoming and have a strategy for your first few weeks with your baby. But give yourself permission to let go and take things one day at a time.  Or one feeding at a time.  Or one minute at a time.  Even if your list of things to do didn't get touched, let it go and focus on giving love and care to your newborn.

- Flexibility is key! It is very likely that your sense of timing will feel accelerated. Time and the postpartum period are an interesting dynamic. Days and nights merge and it takes some time to establish a new balance and routine that works for your family. And that’s okay!  Take a deep breath and give yourself and your family the time you need to understand and care for your baby. Try not to strive for unrealistic goals or have expectations that are not flexible based on how you feel in the moment. Remember that these little ones are really quite simple; they are all about bonding, feeding and sleeping.

- Track your baby's patterns. Whether in a small notebook, your phone, or on a pad of paper, jot down your baby's feeding times, diaper changes, sleep patterns and anything you notice each day.  This will help you be prepared for your first pediatrician visit, and you can bring your notebook with you to show your doctor.  You'll be prepared and confident to discuss those first few weeks.

- Ask for support. As you return home, remember that you are recovering physically and emotionally with the added flux of hormones throughout your body. Recognize this and give yourself permission to let others support you. Communicate with your partner, your family, and friends, and accept help. Consider having in-home support or overnight help. A trusted family member or a postpartum doula can help make a plan to allow for your rest and fulfill your baby’s eating and sleeping needs. In fact, research shows parents who receive support can…

·       Feel more  secure and cared for
·       Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
·       Have more fulfilling breastfeeding experiences
·       Have greater self-confidence
·       Have less postpartum depression
·       Have lower incidence of abuse

By taking good care of yourself, you will better be able to manage your baby.  It will take time to understand your newborn’s signals and patterns but be patient this will come as you get to know him or her a little better. Remember, your baby is still growing at a rapid pace in those first few weeks. A newborn’s stomach size is the size of a marble. By a month, your baby’s digestive system will mature and feedings may spread out a bit. There is a lot of change in a short period of time, so expect that and listen to your baby’s cues as they learn to communicate their needs to you. Every baby is different – and you will get to know yours in no time!  Relax, be easy on yourself, and accept support, and know that this period is fleeting. Enjoy the journey – make it yours and every single day with your new baby. J

Friday, February 17, 2017

5 Top Reasons to Join a Mommy & Me Group

by Jill Campbell, PsyD, Mommy & Me curriculum Director at The Pump Station & Nurtury®
  1. This class is a great way to bond with your baby and learn about all things related to your baby’s development such as how your baby matures emotionally, cognitively, socially and physically. We incorporate songs and developmental play into every class.
  2. We’ve all heard the expression that it takes a village to raise a child. The Pump Station & Nurtury’s Mommy & Me Program is the place where you come to grow your village of support. Here you will meet other women with babies the same age as yours. Being a new mom can be very isolating, but when you become part of our mommy & me community, you are sharing this experience with other new moms. We have created a safe haven where you will not feel judged. Many women develop life long friendships in these classes.
  3. You will learn practical and useful information on topics such as infant sleep, language development, renegotiating your relationship with your partner, introducing solids, empathic limit setting, and so much more! 
  4. Based on a mindful parenting philosophy, we teach new moms how to be attuned to their child’s inner world. We will support you in learning how to trust your intuition and parent in a way that honors your authentic self. Women gain confidence and trust in themselves in this new role of being a parent.
  5. Our mommy and me facilitators are all trained licensed therapists with backgrounds in child development.
For more information on our Mommy & Me/Parent & Me Groups email ParentAndMe@PumpStation.com or visit the following resource links below: