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Self-Soothing Techniques
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Type: For Child Care providers   Skills: Health & SafetyProfessional Development
According to the National Institute of Health, up to 70 percent of women experience some form of sadness following childbirth, and up to 20 percent of women experience a diagnosable – and treatable – form of depression, known as postpartum depression. If you’re feeling anxious, these self-soothing strategies might help you cope with the stress of being the mother of a newborn. Self-Soothing Techniques
What We Learn
  • Self-soothing strategies can help alleviate the stress of being a mother
  • Seek support from close friends
  • If you’re depressed, seek professional treatment
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Here are some self-soothing strategies that most moms can do during those moments when they feel especially frazzled and overwhelmed. The wonderful thing about many of these strategies is that moms can do them with the baby.

Moms should practice some of these strategies before the baby even arrives. That way, they can be familiar and comfortable with them. Of course, these strategies don’t take the place of professional treatment, but they can be used in combination with whatever treatment you and your health care professional decide is best for you.

Sitting in the rocking chair and rocking the baby is soothing to the baby, but it’s also a movement that’s very soothing to the mother.

When babies are very agitated, this can be especially helpful to calm them. But singing can also be soothing for mom.

Pushing the Stroller
Not only do babies tend to like the movement of strollers, it can be a great way for moms to get some exercise and, if they’re feeling out of shape, to start getting back in shape. It can help moms feel like they’re taking control of their bodies, and help them feel better emotionally as a result.

Emotional Surfing
When those moments come when you’re feeling less than great, understand that those moments will leave and that you will get through it. Ride that wave of emotion, knowing that at some point, the waters are going to calm.

Call a Friend
Before the baby even arrives, find two or three close friends with whom you can discuss anything. First, new moms need to vent. No matter whether they have postpartum depression or not, new moms have a lot on their plate. It’s incredibly helpful to have someone who can just lend an ear and let them get things off their minds. Secondly, you need someone who can say, “I think we need to get an assessment.” It’s not always easy for a friend to express concerns of possible postpartum depression, but if it’s someone you trust, and you talk about the fact that you want her to point out if you need help, it makes it much easier for both of you.

Making a nice meal or going out to dinner can be a great way to feel better. This can also be another way to get back into shape and help moms feel like they’re taking control again over their health.

Safe Place
This strategy entails envisioning a safe place for you and your baby. When you’re feeling especially stressed, close you eyes and envision that you’re there in that safe place with your baby.
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