Listen to conversations between parents, experts, and advocates about early care and education and steps we can take to improve – for our babies and our future.
In this episode, For Our Babies founder Dr. Ron Lally, talks with Marcy Whitebook, from the Center for the Study of Childcare Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, about the current state of infant/toddler workforce conditions.
Sylvia Guendelman, Ph.D. Professor of Community Health and Human Development and Chair of the Maternal and Child Health Program at the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley talks with Julie Weatherston about her research into why maternity leave matters to health.
Cheri Pies, MSW DrPH clinical professor in the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley talks with Julie Weatherston about the Best Babies Zone initiative to reduce and eliminate health disparities and inequities in birth outcomes through community transformation.
Finding affordable high quality infant care in the United States is virtually impossible. Parents are stressed and babies are suffering in poor quality care. Dr. Ron Lally and Julie Weatherston discuss the reality of infant care today in which research says only 10% is considered to be of high quality and over 40% is considered damaging.
George Philipp, early care and education advocate and father, talks with Julie Weatherston about building support for early child care issues and the importance of getting parents and all of society to understand the science behind the early years and create “a grassroots buzz” about the issues being addressed by the For Our Babies campaign.
Julie Weatherston and George Philipp, Early Care Advocate and father, discuss the challenges of getting legislators to support early care and education in the US and the potential benefits to providing more supportive policies for families with infants and toddlers.
As more fathers become involved as primary caregivers in their children’s early years, it’s important that we examine the assumptions we hold about the role of fathers in a child’s day-to-day care. In this week’s podcast, we listen in as two dads discuss what they’ve experienced as fathers, specifically some of the challenges they face in being recognized as caregivers in situations where a mother might be more readily accepted.
This week, Dr. Ron Lally discusses with Julie Weatherston why attention to babies is a necessity. Lally focuses specifically on findings from recent brain development research that show when a child is born, his/her brain is not fully formed yet. There is a whole other gestational period that the young child needs so that their brain can grow to function when they reach age 3.
Dr. Ron Lally discusses with Julie Weatherston what we mean when we say “High Quality Care.” Lally focuses specifically on children’s need to have a close, continuous relationship with a caregiver, and for that caregiver to understand children’s developmental timelines.
Dr. Ron Lally talks about why we should take a closer look at supporting infants if we want our children to succeed in school. Lally discusses the critical period of early brain development before a child reaches three years of age and why early support for all babies makes more economic sense than later compensatory measures.
This show is a conversation about the importance of preconception health. Dr. Ron Lally talks with Julie Weatherston about the benefits of investing in preconception education and services rather than paying later for difficult and often expensive medical issues post birth.
Welcome to the For Our Babies Podcast! Listen to conversations with Dr. Ron Lally about Infant Development and topics related to the For Our Babies Campaign. Hosted by Julie Weatherston. This show is the first in a series of conversations with Dr. Ron Lally about topics related to infant development and the For Our Babies campaign. In this conversation Lally discusses launching the For Our Babies campaign and why he thinks it makes sense to put babies first.