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The amazing fourth trimester…



Dr. Harvey Karp urges parents to adopt the role of “a walking uterus” for the first three months after baby is born, what he calls the “fourth trimester.”

Join us Tuesday June 2nd to learn more about this fascinating concept.

Karp says babies have a “calming reflex” that can be triggered by the “Five S’s” – swaddling, positioning him on his stomach or side, shushing loudly in his ear or playing white noise, swinging him to mimic the jiggling motion of the womb, and letting him suck on a pacifier or breast.

“The reason this is important is, crying is a terrible nuisance. It’s one of the banes of a new parents’ existence,” Karp told Newsday in an interview. “Crying is not just a nuisance, but it’s a primary trigger for postpartum depression, for marital stress, for breast-feeding failure, for child abuse. for maternal smoking, for SIDS, for the overtreatment of children with acid reflux medicine, for mothers overeating and mothers getting into car accidents.”


This is very important information to learn and digest BEFORE your baby is born…

The key concept for taking care of a new baby is the idea of the fourth trimester. The idea that, in this weird sort of way, babies are born three or four months before they’re really ready to bloom. It’s the critical theory when you understand that living in the womb is a symphony of sensations – jiggling motion, constant sound … and constant touch – then you understand how bizarre it is to take a new baby and stick them in a room by themselves on a flat bed in a totally quiet space.

If you understand that ahead of time, then you’re primed for your job when the baby is born, which is to be one big, walking uterus…

Tuesday June 2nd


Indian River Medical Center


Join us! You will be GLAD you did!

Dad’s and family encouraged!!


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