|Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby|
|You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.|
|Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn|
|When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!|
Abortion has been a topic of debate for several years. In early 1800's many laws were being formulated to make abortion an illegal act. Over the years, abortion laws saw drastic changes and eventually became a legal process with the purpose of protecting the health of women and giving them the rights to abort at their will. In 1973, a legal Abortion Law was passed and made to follow in all states of USA. Like all laws, the law of abortion has also evolved with time. Although it has benefitted many, it continues to raise sensitive questions regarding certain other areas related to abortion. Some such questions are discussed below.
Q. At what age can abortion be done legally in New York?
In New York, the age of 17 is considered legal to have an abortion. At this age, individuals can abort without their parents' consent.
Q. In a situation where a 16 year old is pregnant and refuses to do an abortion, do the parents bear all the medical costs?
Yes, since the 16 year old child is a minor, the adult parents are usually expected to take the entire responsibility and pay for all medical expenses. They are to provide not just parental care to the minor who is pregnant but also ensure that all prenatal, labor and post delivery expenses are paid for.
|Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch|
|If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.|
|Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped|
|At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.|
Q. If a 16 year old is pregnant, can she be forced to have an abortion by her mother?
No, parents are not allowed to force their minor to do an abortion. They cannot force the minor to give their child up for adoption also. However in certain exceptional situations where the minor's life is threatened because of the pregnancy or the minor is declared incapable of raising the new born or taking important decisions on their own, the adult parent is allowed to intervene. In many states, once a child is pregnant, she is considered to be an adult and is granted all the decision making rights.
Q. What is the legal age for consent in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, the legal age for consent is 16 years. Even if one of the parties is under age, it is termed as statutory rape; no matter what the age of the other party involved may be. But laws of abortion and legal consent are different in different states.
Q. What options are available to those parents whose children don't want to have an abortion?
A parent conventionally cannot force their child to get an abortion done. Abortion is an alternative procedure and hence, some states have made parental consent and notification compulsory when it comes to abortion in minors. However, if the minor does not want to have an abortion, the parents cannot force the minor to have one.
Abortions occur because of many different reasons such as incest, rape, teenage pregnancy, medical emergency etc. Thus, the abortion laws can vary depending on the reason of abortion. Legal help is available depending on the situation and the law that is applied in your state. You can also get in touch with your family lawyer or ask a Family Lawyer on JustAnswer if you still have questions about the legal procedures involved in having an abortion in your state.
|Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings|
|When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!|
|Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad|
|Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.|