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How can I help my baby resolve his birth trauma?

 “When a baby is touched with warmth and care, the brain is flooded with hormones. These enable the child to form the brain connections he or she will need to develop feelings of warmth, love and empathy towards others.” - (Brainwave Trust Aotearoa).   


A baby can experience birth trauma. Birth trauma (BT) refers to damage of the tissues and organs of a newly delivered child, often as a result of physical pressure or trauma during childbirth. The term also encompasses the long term consequences, often of a cognitive nature, of damage to the brain or cranium.
There are many ways to support your baby post birth trauma. Here are four simple steps that can help you bond with your baby.
1.    Breastfeeding
is nature’s way of releasing compression and tightness in the cranium bones and reset the alignment of the bones of the skull naturally.  Breastfeeding can also potentially release tightness and strains of the atlanto-occipital joint so that baby is able to turn his head easily.


2.     Next is skin-to-skin contact. Benefits of skin-to-skin contact for the baby are huge. When baby is in skin-to-skin contact with a parent (either with father or mother when feeding is not needed), baby has the potential to reset, regain and regulate their autonomic nervous system, their temperature, breathing, and heart rate to their parent. Their cortisol (stress hormone) levels drop. Babies held in skin-to-skin contact during painful procedures were found to have a decreased level of pain response. There have also been observations of improved sleep patterns, improved brain maturation and benefits for brain development.  Having said this, you as parents also need to find ways to relax when you are holding your baby.  If you are stress then your baby may resonate to your stress level.
3.    Breathing.  Practise mindful breathing when you are holding your baby in skin to skin contact.  Become aware of the rate of your breath, is your breathing deep or shallow, what is moving in your chest when you are breathing, can you sense, hear and feel your heartbeat while practising mindful breathing, are you aware you are holding your breath when you are occupied in your thoughts.
4.    Focus.  Ensure you are not multitasking when having your baby in skin to skin contact.  Once your mind wanders, your presence and attention on your baby diminishes.  Make eye contact with your baby, sing to your baby, talk to your baby.  When baby hears your soothing voice and her nervous system will calm down to a state of balance.
Give this a try and let me know how things go with you.  If you need any assistance you can call Adida to book a craniosacral therapy session for yourself and your baby.


Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle and subtle whole body approach that releases tensions deep in the Central Nervous System so that every other systems in our body can relax and self correct, free itself of pain and other health issues.

"Each of us has an innate capacity for healing, to heal ourselves, to heal others and to help others heal themselves" - Subagh Singh Khalsa 
Sometimes we need a little bit of help and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy could be just that.
To book a session please call Adida at 97426791.  Thank you.
 Keen on getting your life back on track and wanting to live a more healthier and energetic life, 
please call us at 97426791 for a 15 minutes free consultation by phone.