Circle of Security program: enhancing secure attachments

Intimate attachments to others are the hub of our lives – in babies, toddlers, school children, adolescents, adults and even into old age. When our relationships are OK, we are OK.  So much else flows from our underlying sense of security in relationships – the ability to learn, to remember, to form friendships, to be […]

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So here’s the deal, we are no rats, I know BUT……

So here’s the deal, we are no rats, I know, but the recent research on rat pups ability to be comforted during pain is remarkable. We know from our gut instinct that we want to be with our babies when they are fearful or in pain, but now we can see how important it is […]

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Meet the baby Whisperers who shun “Crying it out”

Safe Sleep Space is featured in this article in Essential Baby by Writer Catherine Rodle. For parents with nocturnal babies, the advice of a “baby whisperer” or “sleep trainer” can be extremely divisive. Tizzie Hall, author of Save Our Sleep, for example, has sold thousands of books, and no doubt has just as many satisfied […]

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SSS in Adelaide

SSS in Adelaide Helen Mayo House (Adelaide Mother Baby unit) Annual Conference of 360 delegates were treated to a revealing discussion on the variations of approaches to infant sleep in the “Spell Binding Sleep Seminar” this week. A panel of speakers presented briefly about how they see the management of sleep, and then were presented […]

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Toddler Sleep

  First and foremost, it is quite common for toddlers to wake during the night or to need additional comfort to go to sleep. In Western culture we are quick to want babies to sleep during the night. Many parents feel as if they have failed if their toddler is still requiring comfort or needing […]

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Parenting Goals

In the years of working in this field, I have never met a parent who doesn’t want the very best for their child. We do what we can to offer healthy caregiving to be sure we give our children every opportunity to form secure attachment patterns that will serve them for a life time. Not […]

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Meet Bert – he’s in town – with us!

We’d like to introduce Bert Powell. We’ve been talking about Bert and COS for a while now and we’re very excited because Bert is in Melbourne taking the COS sessions. As a clinician and teacher Bert Powell has committed his career to learning how people struggle and succeed at negotiating emotional security in their lives. He […]

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World Mental Health Day 10th October 2014. Thinking about families.

The recent National Australian Association of Infant Mental Health Conference, was a timely reminder of the importance of mental health for both caregivers and babies. It is not a given that all will be mentally well, but what we do know is that there are countless organisations and services who provide support for families who […]

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There are very kind and supportive ways to support sleep that just don’t need to include behavioural interventions such as CONTROLLED CRYING.

Some helpful tips; 1- We sometimes forget that babies have baby sleep; little sleeps, frequent wakings, lots of feeds and more little sleeps. We try to make babies have big long sleeps, but that is adult sleep. Babies don’t need to be trained so they sleep like adults, they need support to find natural sleep, […]

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Mental Health Week: Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th October

Mental Health Week means something to everyone; be it an uncle, friend’s sister, a colleague, you or not you, but it means something! We should not take mental wellness for granted. Some of us are more vulnerable than others to mental ill-health through our genetic makeup or our life experiences. No one is immune. If […]

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