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Crybaby Ambulance: European clinic for crying newborns helps new parents

Twitter user Dara Fields APRN, CNM nearly broke #ParentingTwitter recently by posting about a “crying baby ambulance service offered in parts of Europe to help relieve exhausted parents of newborn babies It’s easy to see why such a service would resonate with parents of newborns everywhere, especially those living in the United States.

“There is a crying baby ambulance in Berlin. If your baby cries too much and you’re just done, he comes to you, checks on you emotionally and gives you advice.”

Upon learning that something like this exists, it wouldn’t be surprising if any American parent who’s debated the meaning of their existence while their colicky baby screams late into the night is brimming with jealousy. The tweet, which garnered 12.1 thousand likes and 1,689 retweets, had people wondering what this service was all about (and how they could access it) as their precious bundles of joy seriously tested their Mental Health.

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Joking aside, the company is very real and translates from German to English as “The Cry Baby Ambulance”, a service of Schreibaby Ambulanz (which translates to “Crybaby Outpatient Clinic” and is not an actual ambulance service), is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

Their website talks about the “desperation, fear and exhaustion” a birthing person often feels when balancing their own physical recovery with a crying newborn. Their goal is to prevent baby abuse through immediate crisis support.

When the ambulance, also known as the “Crybaby Outpatient Clinic,” arrives, parents can distance themselves from the cries, learn new, innovative ways to care for their baby’s unique needs, and also explore new coping mechanisms to get out of this. what the company calls the “stress spiral”.

Twitter followers and other parents flocked to the tweet with responses.

Other Twitter followers responded with a series of envious remarks, remembering their own shame and sense of failure at not being able to comfort their babies. Many of their comments highlight a mental health crisis facing mothers in a much more serious light.

The outpatient clinic isn’t just for parents of newborns either. Parents of children aged 0-3 can take advantage of this wonderful service – the social workers, teachers and psychologists working there offer general educational advice to parents of children in this age group. Parents learn about sleep in addition to nutrition and behavior and all that could add to the stress and exhaustion of those with such young children.

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Since there is no “crybaby ambulance” in the United States and many other countries around the world, panicked and desperate parents have no one to turn to for help in certain situations, even when they are at the end of their patience and ability to comfort their babies. .

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), one in seven women suffer from postpartum depression and since the pandemic, a July 2022 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research shows that rates have “significantly” increased. A 2019 study in Academic Pediatrics also found that women with ‘difficult’ babies were twice as likely to have moderate to severe depressive symptoms.

All of these numbers point to one thing: an urgent need for increased support for parents, especially in the early months of recovery. And of course, a team of professionals you can rely on during those 3 a.m. crying fits.