Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Nine Months In, Nine Months Out

"It is especially necessary for the parental generation of the human species to fully understand what the immaturity of its infants really signifies: that the infant is still continuing its gestation period, passing from uterogestation to exterogestation. Among the most important of the newborn infant's needs are the signals it receives through the skin, the first medium of communication with the outside world." - Ashley Montagu

NINO is a nonprofit babywearing organization. It stands for Nine In, Nine Out. This name is inspired by the work of the renowned anthropologist, Ashley Montagu. In his book Touching (HarperCollins, 1986), Montagu proposed that the first nine months of an infant's life be called "exterogestation", a period that is the same length of time spent in utero. Those of us who love babywearing feel that the best way to simulate the cozy, warm environment of the womb is to carry babies in a sling or babycarrier. But too few people learn about slings in time to put this into practice.

NINO's Purpose:

1. To promote babywearing and its benefits to the general public.

2. To sponsor babywearing-related outreach programs, conventions and scientific research.

3. To form alliances with existing babywearing and related organizations.

4. To promote the teaching of babywearing and provide support for babywearing instructors.

5. To inform health care workers and social workers about babywearing.

6. To form grassroots-level groups to carry out NINO’s goals.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Queen Rania of Jordan Opens Up A Sixth Baby-Friendly Hospital

From www.celebrity-babies.com

Queen Rania of Jordan, 37, opened a new, Baby Friendly Hospital in Sahab on last Wednesday.

It is an initiative, implemented in 171 countries where a hospital reaches specific standards related to the 10 Steps for Successful Breastfeeding.

Research has shown that breastfeeding newborns within an hour after birth reduces infant neo-natal mortality rate by 22 per cent, a process very important in the 10 Steps programme.

Queen Rania commented on breastfeeding, saying,

"There is nothing more natural, nothing more instinctive, and nothing more effective than breast-feeding. Protecting her baby is a mother's first instinct and a mother's milk is the most powerful vaccine there is against infectious and non-infectious disease. That is why I am proud of UNICEF's efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding."

This is the sixth Baby Friendly Hospital opened in Jordan. Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan, 45, are parents to Prince Hussein, 13, Princess Iman, 11 this month, Princess Salma, 7 this month, and Prince Hashem, 2 1/2.