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The role of the Registered Nurse or Newborn Care Provider is to feed, soothe, bathe, change & provide all other gentle care to baby through the night.

Top 6 Newborn and Postpartum Care Websites

Evidence-based websites can be hard to find, especially for expecting and new parents inundated with opinions and advice on “What’s Best for Your Baby.”  Add in our current public health situation where coronavirus news is constantly evolving, and parents can access thousands of websites with conflicting information.  Below are our Nurses Top 6 Newborn and Postpartum Care Websites, our favorite evidence-based sites for newborn and postpartum care to help parents separate baby care fact from fake news.

Our Night Nurses Top 6 Newborn and Postpartum Care Websites

Covid19 Updated Info

The National Perinatal Association has compiled essential information and resources for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding for parents, healthcare providers and educators in the perinatal space.  Coronavirus medical information is continually updated as well as listings of community assistance and mental health resources. 

Medication Safety & Medical Questions

 LactMed Database – Searchable database of medications that are safe to take while pregnant or nursing. If a medicine is deemed unsafe, the site suggests alternatives. All data are derived and updated from scientific literature and fully referenced.

A common question we hear at LMS  is “Can I take my allergy meds if I’m nursing?” The answer is usually yes but the National Institute for Health’s LactMed Database tells exactly medications are safe to take while breastfeeding and which are not. For medications which may be contraindicated during nursing, LactMed names safe alternatives.  

Up To Date -is essentially a more detailed and non-commercial version of WebMD.  It’s aimed at medical professionals and clinicians but anyone can access the site.  This is the site to use when you want data and studies to explain why and how an issue arises, and how to help.  For example, searching infant reflux shows a basic clinical explanation but then lists over 20 data points including why reflux happens, different types of reflux and how to manage each one.

Breastfeeding

 The International Breastfeeding Centre’s Breastfeeding Videos -The IBC library is incredible. It includes real-life, instructional videos to help with early breastfeeding. Demonstrations of what good drinking looks like, how to distinguish “nibbling” from efficient nursing and how to tube feed are just a few examples.

Soothing 

“The Hold” – Dr. Robert Hamilton’s video of his miracle method to soothing babies has over 30 million YouTube views! This video shows exactly how the popular pediatrician helps babies feel calm and stop crying.

Sleeping

The Sleep Lady’s Free Guide to Sleep Training offers a “gentle, proven method to get a good night’s sleep for you and your child.” The guide is available for download and has been used for over 20 years! We’re always here to help parents with infant sleep questions, but the Sleep Lady guide is well worth a download!

In addition to these websites, please visit our Newborn and Postpartum Care Resource Center. This is our continually updated guide to answer new parents’ frequently asked questions. And for personalized support, you can also always reach us on Facebook or Instagram.

Q&A for Postpartum Workers During Covid19: the CARES Act, Essential Work and Unemployment

Newborn care providers and other 1099 care workers such as postpartum doulas who have lost work due to covid19 are now able to file for unemployment benefits. The temporary change is part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package titled Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES act.  Caregivers are also eligible for stimulus checks if they earn less than $99,000 per year and can both file for unemployment and receive a stimulus check; it doesn’t have to be one or the other.  

Here is the basic information for doulas, night nannies and other newborn care providers: 

STIMULUS CHECKS – Who Will Get One and How Much Will They Be?

  • As long as you have a Social Security number, filed taxes in 2018 or 2019 and meet the income requirements of less than $99k, you will receive a check.  
  • Green card holders will not receive checks. Only immigrants with valid Social Security numbers and people who qualify as resident aliens will receive the checks.
  • The amount is a maximum $1200 per adult and $500 per dependent. The amount is determined by how much you have earned in the past (less earnings = higher check amount).
  • You will receive a check if you made less than $99,000 last year or you and your partner together made less than $198,000.
  • You must have filed taxes in 2018 and/or 2019
  • You do not have to do anything to receive a check. They will be generated automatically.

Read more here about Stimulus Checks here.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS – Can I get them even though I’m a private contractor?

Even though you may be 1099 private contractor, you are eligible for unemployment 24 hours after your final shift/work time has ended.  Here is everything you need to know about how to file for unemployment benefits. Don’t forget that you need to file every week that you’re not working.  According to the new laws specific to covid19 and unemployment, it appears that the unemployment benefit is a flat $600. However the state websites are reporting different numbers so you’ll want to get the exact number from your state’s unemployment office.  

Here is what we know:

DC RESIDENTS:Use this website to file for unemployment: does.dc.gov 

Maximum weekly amount: $444 per week for 26 weeks

MARYLAND RESIDENTS:Use this website to file for unemployment: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/uicovidfaqs.shtml

Maximum weekly amount: $430

VIRGINIA RESIDENTS:Use this website to file for unemployment: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/covid19

Maximum weekly amount: $378 per week for 26 weeks

AM I AN ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEE?

Postpartum support professionals, and others in baby and childcare are not mentioned as essential workers in the guidance provided by the Dept. of Homeland Security.  While there is certainly an argument to be made that these are indeed essential services, and services could fall under the category of “therapeutic care,” there is no clear guidance either way. If you are still working in a state with a stay at home order, it’s a good idea to travel to and from work with doctors’ orders or other written notification of services.   

We hope everyone stays safe and cozy at home and we look forward to getting back to work when this is all over! If we can help families or workers in the meantime, just let us know.

Chicago Area Resources for New Moms and Dads

With the amount of national and statewide progams online, searching for support after baby arrives can be overwhelming. Below are virtual and in-person resources for postpartum moms and dads in Chicagoland: 

Postpartum Mental Health Support:  Perinatal Mood Disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy, with 1 in 7 mothers experiencing postpartum depression. Fathers and partners can also experience postpartum issues, called Paternal Post Natal Depression, and early intervention is key in helping parents’ mental health.

– Postpartum Support International (PSI), Illinois Chapters – PSI has free support meetings at 11 area medical centers, hospitals and private facilities throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Chapter leaders can also be contacted via email.

– Healthcare, Crisis and Telephone Support – Listing of resources such as the Fussy Baby Network and Crisis Nursery, for families with immeidate needs. 

Twins, Triplets and Higher Order Multiples: For parents expecting more than 1 baby at a time multiples clubs are a fantastic source of advice from “been there, done that” parents.

– Multiples of Illinois, (also known as the Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins) – Local chapters in Cook County, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Peoria Counties and more. There is a club for you now matter what town you live in!

Breastfeeding Support:  Perhaps the best known resource for nursing help is La Leche League International (LLL) and that reputation is well earned as LLL has been helping moms and consulting with medical professionals parents since 1956.

La Leche League of Illinois offers in-person meetings, breastfeeding cafes and virtual support. They have email and phone support as well as in person meetings open to all who are nursing, feeding human milk or support nursing. Meetings are led by accredited Leaders who are also experienced breastfeeding parents.

Dad’s Support Groups: Chicago Dads Group is a place for Chicagoland dads to form networks of friends and resources to support each other in becoming the best fathers they can be. Not only do they have Meetup events but they also have a blog and podcast.

General Support: Chicago New Moms Club– Find your fellow neighborhood parents with newborns, infants and toddlers the same age as your own kids!

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