Lois Wattis is a Registered Nurse/Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives. Working in both hospital and community settings, Lois has enhanced her midwifery skills and expertise by providing woman-centered care to hundreds of mothers and babies, including more than 50 women who chose to give birth at home.
Lois is eminently qualified to offer advice and support to new parents via her New Baby 101 App. and EBook. Lois is the author of numerous articles and professional guidelines which have been published in parenting magazines and midwifery journals in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. All advice provided in New Baby 101 is based on reliable evidence and research, and Lois’s common-sense approach will both inform and reassure parents as they gain new skills and confidence during the first few months of baby’s life.
Lois explains - as a Midwife, Lactation Consultant, Mother and Grandmother I am constantly reminded that new parents need an ‘owner’s manual’ to take with them as they walk out of the hospital carrying their newborn home. New parents have so much to learn in such a short time, and every parent wants to do everything right – which no one can, of course.In my work with new Mums I have parents say to me almost every day “so you’re coming home with us, right?” or words to that effect. Even the most capable, organised parents who are well prepared for their new roles realise there is so much to learn, and they often feel totally overwhelmed by their new responsibilities.
I recognised there is a need for a concise, easy-to-find reliable resource for new parents who are negotiating this steep learning curve. I know there isn’t much time for reading and this generation of parents expect instant information via the internet and/or their phone. This can also be a time of information overload so parents need to be discerning about advice received from well-meaning others and the internet. Remember, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right! Parents need to trust their instincts as they already know their baby better than anyone else.
Renowned Australian author and parenting guru Pinky McKay has endorsed Lois’s work in the book’s Foreword: New Baby 101 App and EBook will help you give your baby a wonderful start because it will boost your own confidence and your baby will sense this. If you are feeling a little uncertain at any time, instead of looking at each other wondering ‘what the hell do we do now?’ a quick check will set you back on track. You will be able to relax, knowing that everything here is evidence based, written by a highly qualified health professional who cares deeply for new parents and babies. Above all, everything Lois Wattis recommends is kind and respectful to you and your baby and it will empower you to be the parents you want to be. Love, laugh and enjoy. And please remember to be as gentle to your beloved and yourself as you are to your baby. Best wishes on this wonderful journey. Pinky
New Baby 101 eBook is a perfect starting point for new parent’s education and makes an excellent gift for expectant and new Mums and Dads who need a concise and reliable resource at their fingertips.