A Special Message for New Parents


 

Mothers

One reason why this first month can be especially difficult is that you are still recovering physically from the stress of pregnancy and delivery. It may take weeks before your body is back to normal, your incisions (if you had an episiotomy or C-section) have healed, and you're able to resume everyday activities. You also may experience strong mood swings due to changes in the amount of hormones in your body. These changes can prompt sudden crying episodes for no apparent reason or feelings of mild depression for the first few weeks. These emotions may be intensified by the exhaustion that comes with waking up every two or three hours at night to feed and change the baby.

If you experience these so-called "postpartum blues," they may make you feel a little "crazy," embarrassed or even that you're a "bad mother." Difficult as it may be, keep these emotions in perspective by reminding yourself that they're normal after pregnancy and delivery. Even fathers sometimes feel sad and unusually emotional after a new baby arrives (possibly a response to the psychological intensity of the experience). To keep the blues from dominating your life, and your enjoyment of your new baby, avoid isolating yourself in these early weeks. Try to nap when your baby does, so you don't get overtired. If these feelings persist past a few weeks or become severe, consult your pediatrician or your own physician about getting extra help.

With a new baby, constant visitors, an aching body, unpredictable mood swings, and, in some cases, other siblings demanding attention, it's no wonder the housework gets neglected. Resign yourself ahead of time to knowing that the wash may not get done as often as it should, the house will get dustier than usual, and a lot of meals will be frozen or takeout. You can always catch up next month. For now, concentrate on recuperating and enjoying your new baby.

Fathers

Some fathers feel shut off from the child and from the mother's attention and affections, especially if the baby is breastfed. The problem is not helped by the fact that sexual intercourse is usually prohibited by the obstetrician for these first few weeks. Even if it was allowed, many women simply aren't interested in sexual activity for a while after delivery because of the physical exhaustion and emotional stress they may be experiencing at this time.

A positive way for men to deal with these issues is to become as involved as possible in caring for and playing with the new baby. When you spend this extra time with your baby, you'll get just as emotionally attached to her as her mother will.

This is not to say that moms and dads play with babies the same way. In general, fathers play to arouse and excite their babies, while mothers generally concentrate on more low-keyed stimulation, such as gentle rocking, quiet interactive games, singing and soothing activities. Fathers tend to roughhouse more, making lots of noise, and move the baby about more vigorously. The babies respond in kind, laughing and moving more with Dad than they do with Mom. From the baby's viewpoint, both play styles are equally valuable and complement each other beautifully, which is another reason why it's so important to have both parents involved in the care of the baby.

Parenting Couples

This can be a very stressful time for parenting couples. It's almost impossible to find time, much less energy, to each other between the seemingly constant demands of the baby, the needs of other children, household chores and the father's work schedule (in our society, few fathers have the option of taking paternity leaves, which can help reduce these tensions). Nights spent feeding, diapering and walking the floor with a crying baby quickly take their toll in fatigue. If both parents don't make up for this by relieving each other and taking naps, exhaustion can drive a large and unnecessary wedge between them.

Conflict and jealous feelings that may arise at this time are temporary. Life soon settles into a fairly routine that will once again give you some time to yourselves and restore your sex life and social activities to normal. Meanwhile, make an effort for just the two of you to spend some time together each day, and remember, you're entitled to hold, hug, cuddle and kiss each other as well as the baby!

Excerpted from Caring for Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, Bantam 1999

© Copyright 2000 American Academy of Pediatrics 

Pediatric Associates of Austin

Pediatricians located in Austin, TX

Situated between Tarrytown and Rosedale neighborhoods, Pediatric Associates of Austin is conveniently located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Since the practice first opened in 1974, the doctors and nurses here have treated many of the city’s children. Some of their former patients have even brought their own children to the practice, creating a family legacy at Pediatric Associates of Austin.

Board-Certified Pediatricians

All of the doctors at Pediatric Associates of Austin are board-certified pediatricians. Many of them are also fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Between all of the doctors, the team has a diverse array of specialties and experiences that help them provide excellent, comprehensive pediatric care.

The full list of doctors at the practice include:

  • Dr. Stephen Griggs
  • Dr. Samuel Mirrop
  • Dr. Lance Hargrave
  • Dr. Ashley Gonzalez
  • Dr. Brandi Loomis
  • Dr. Jessica Mowry
  • Dr. Katie Sanford

 

Highly Trained Nurse Practitioners

In addition to these doctors, the practice also has a highly qualified nurse practitioner, Emily Woodard. Emily is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Emily Woodard earned her  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification through The University of Texas at Austin. She also sees patients at Pediatric Associates of Austin, SportsSafe Concussion. Brain. Body., and at the evening clinic, After Hours  Kids.

SportsSafe and After Hours Kids

Many of the providers at Pediatric Associates of Austin also provide care through SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. and After Hours Kids, which are both located in the same building.

SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. Provides baseline testing, concussion evaluations, and concussion education for student-athletes. After Hours Kids provides medical care for children during evenings and on weekends.

In addition to these extension programs, Pediatric Associates of Austin also has an on-site lab. This lets them expedite blood work when needed.

Care for Children of All Ages

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personal, comprehensive service including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personable, comprehensive services including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

Pediatric Associates of Austin exists to provide parents and children with excellent medical care and parenting education. We strive to be advocates for children to ensure each child’s value and to help families be successful in raising confident, capable members of our society.

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Pediatric Associates of Austin

Situated between Tarrytown and Rosedale neighborhoods, Pediatric Associates of Austin is conveniently located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Since the practice first opened in 1974, the doctors and nurses here have treated many of the city’s children. Some of their former patients have even brought their own children to the practice, creating a family legacy at Pediatric Associates of Austin.

Board-Certified Pediatricians

All of the doctors at Pediatric Associates of Austin are board-certified pediatricians. Many of them are also fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Between all of the doctors, the team has a diverse array of specialties and experiences that help them provide excellent, comprehensive pediatric care.

The full list of doctors at the practice include:

 

Highly Trained Nurse Practitioners

In addition to these doctors, the practice also has a highly qualified nurse practitioner, Emily Woodard. Emily is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Emily Woodard earned her  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification through The University of Texas at Austin. She also sees patients at Pediatric Associates of Austin, SportsSafe Concussion. Brain. Body., and at the evening clinic, After Hours  Kids.

SportsSafe and After Hours Kids

Many of the providers at Pediatric Associates of Austin also provide care through SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. and After Hours Kids, which are both located in the same building.

SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. Provides baseline testing, concussion evaluations, and concussion education for student-athletes. After Hours Kids provides medical care for children during evenings and on weekends.

In addition to these extension programs, Pediatric Associates of Austin also has an on-site lab. This lets them expedite blood work when needed.

Care for Children of All Ages

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personal, comprehensive service including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personable, comprehensive services including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

Pediatric Associates of Austin exists to provide parents and children with excellent medical care and parenting education. We strive to be advocates for children to ensure each child’s value and to help families be successful in raising confident, capable members of our society.


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After Hours Care

AFTER HOURS KIDS is a pediatric care clinic staffed by Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as an after hours extension to Pediatric Associates of Austin. It is common for problems to present themselves after regular hours for children 18 years and younger. We have an on-site lab available, and we are open to the general public.

AFTER HOURS KIDS is not a Primary Care Provider and does not accept patients for on-going primary care.

Ear Piercing available at After Hours Kids

Since a newborn’s ears are not fully developed and they typically have not received their first two tetanus vaccines, ear piercing in children under 4 months is not recommended. We advise piercings to be done between 4 to 6 months or after 12 years of age. However, some exceptions can be made. Click here for more information.

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    "This is hands down the BEST place you can take your children. They are so patient, caring and friendly. "

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    "It's such a relief to be able to get my sick kiddos in after work hours. "

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    "Super great with our son and incredibly patient and thorough with all our first time parent questions. We love Dr. Mowry."

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    "Got us in first thing on a Saturday to diagnose a second round of strep. Dr. Sanford is thorough and sweet and we have loved every experience with her!"

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    "Dr. Gonzalez is a kind and patient listener. She immediately puts my children at ease when they talk with her. We love her!"

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    "Dr. Loomis is the best! She is very attentive and answers all of my questions. I never feel rushed with her. She’s gentle and caring and I couldn’t be more pleased!"

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    "Dr Mowry is always very kind and genuine. I leave my daughter's appointments feeling informed and secure that she is getting the best care. Thank you Dr Mowry."

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    "We love Dr. Sanford and appreciate the time and detailed attention she devotes to our son. She is warm, friendly and extremely patient!"

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    "Dr. Mirrop is wonderful. I would recommend him to everyone who asks for a good pediatrician."

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    "After Hours Kids was there for us! I'm so grateful to have found them!"

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    "I love Dr. Hargrave. He is always incredibly detailed and we are grateful for his approach to ensure parents' concerns are taken into account with care of his patients."

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    "Dr Loomis is incredible. She is knowledgeable, patient, kind, and thorough. My son has been her patient from the beginning. Highly recommend her."

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    "I love that there are so many different hours available as well as the ability to see a Dr. on the weekend. "

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    "Dr. González is always incredibly empathic and informative. As first time parents my husband and I have been grateful for her guidance."

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    "We are new patients and feel extremely cared for by the staff here. Our newborn son has received personalized care and attention by doctors, nurses and other staff."

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    "We love Dr. Sanford and appreciate the time and detailed attention she devotes to our son. She is warm, friendly and extremely patient!"

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    The clinic is a well-oiled machine with very friendly staff. You’re given a patient room to wait in immediately and we have never waited too long to see the pediatrician.

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    "My children have been coming to Pediatric Associates for 10 years. The doctors are knowledgable, the nurses are fantastic, the appointments run on schedule..."

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    "Great practice, we have been patients for almost 16 years. Very easy to get an appointment, even on short notice. Quick in/out, great docs, great staff."

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