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The Postpartum Nest: Helping Parents Lay the Foundation for Their Child's Lifelong Health

by Darcia Narvaez, PhD
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1.25 CERP, 1.25 R-CERP, 1.25 Nursing Contact Hours, 1.25 CME, 0.125 Midwifery CEU
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Birth & Beyond 2020

Every animal has a developmental system or nest for its young that matches up with the maturational schedule of offspring. Humans have a nest too although many people don’t realize it. The human nest refers to the experiences and care that a child receives after birth and in the years that follow. Modern child raising has changed significantly from the nest of our ancestors with concerning results. Learn more about the epigenetic impact of the early nest and how early life experience influences wellbeing and sociomoral character in children and adults as well as societal culture. Delegates will gain an understanding of the essential components of the early nest (including touch, responsivity, breastfeeding, alloparents, positive social support, play, and soothing perinatal experiences) along with ways to empower parents to incorporate them into their infant’s care to create a foundation for lifelong health and well being.

Learning Objectives:

1. List 5 of the 9 components of the Evolved Nest.
2. Asses how immature a neonate is compared to other animals.
3. List three benefits of positive touch.

Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 12.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks