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Nov 29, 2017

Episode Summary: 

I’m really excited to welcome our guest today, Dr. Pam Douglas of the Possums Clinic in Australia.  Back in episode WPR023 which I recorded right after I had my second little boy, I talked a lot about infant sleep.  I shared that getting my older son, who’s 4 now, to sleep was one of the most stressful and difficult experiences of my life, and then I shared what I’m doing differently with our younger son, who’s four months old.

Pam is an Australian General Practitioner and researcher who specializes in early life care. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Maternity Newborn and Families Research Collaboration, Griffith University. Pam is passionate about supporting new parents so that life with their baby is as enjoyable as possible. Over the past 20 years, she has developed the programs known as Neuroprotective Developmental Care, or the Possums Programs, which help with breastfeeding and feeds, sleep, baby's crying and fussing, and parental mood. These programs are delivered in the Possums Clinic, in her hometown, and are taught to health professionals around Australia and overseas. The Possums Sleep Film and the Gestalt Breastfeeding Online Program are available at Pam is also author of "The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep and crying."

Show Notes:

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Dr. Pam Douglas Website

Possums Clinic Website

The Possums Sleep Film

Gestalt Breastfeeding Online Program

The Discontented Little Baby Book by Dr. Pam Douglas

Virtual Sleep Consultations with Possums Clinic

Evolutionary Parenting: A Philosophy Surrounding Parenting that Involves Biology, History, Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Developmental Psychology

Sleeping Like a Baby: Simple Sleep Solutions for Babies and Toddlers by Pinky McKay

Educating the Experts: Lesson One: Crying by Evolutionary Parenting

Worried About How Much Your Baby Sleeps? Don’t According to New Research by Evolutionary Parenting

Babies Do Not Manipulate They Communicate by Little Hearts Books

The Last Resort: When Sleep Training Feels Like It’s Not a Matter of Choice Anymore by Grubby Mummy Blog

Why Everything the Sleep Trainers Tell You is Rubbish by Integrity Calling

My Thoughts on the Well It Worked For Me Statements Around Sleep Training by Grubby Mummy Blog

You Can’t Love Too Much: Attachment Doesn’t Slow Growth It Fuels It by Motherly

Co-Sleeping and SIDS: A Guide for Health Professionals by UNICEF

Beyond Sleep Training Facebook Group

WPR023: Introducing Weston James and What I’m Doing Differently as a New Mom of Two

Working Parent Resource Website

About the Working Parent Resource: 

The Working Parent Resource helps professional moms and dads live more deliberately so they can enjoy manageable and meaningful lives. Sarah Argenal, the host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast, has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development, and is a Certified Professional Coach with 20 years of experience in counseling, coaching, teaching, program development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at


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