Monday, September 2, 2013
SEPARATION FROM MOTHER AT BIRTH FOR EVEN ONE HOUR CAN LEAD TO LIFE-LONG ISOLATION AND AGGRESSION ISSUES
The first hour after birth is critically important for baby's brain and neurological development and for baby's ability to create healthy, loving bonds throughout life. The cocktail of love hormones that are present for the first hour after birth will never, ever happen again. That is why it is so, so, so important for babies to be placed immediately, skin-to-skin, on their mother's body (or father's body, if mother is unconscious or unable to be present) -- AND TO BE LEFT ALONE FOR AT LEAST ONE HOUR AFTER BIRTH WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. Baby should be able to look freely in its mother's and/or father's eyes, feel and smell their skin, listen to their heartbeat, and ultimately nurse at the breast of its mother. All of these things are ESSENTIAL for healthy bonding and for the neurobiology of love to activate at birth.
Why, then, are hospitals doing exactly the opposite? Why are hospitals doing everything they can to interfere with the mother-child bond by taking baby away from mother and doing all manner of unnecessary, harsh, and mean-spirited protocols to the baby before finally returning the baby to its mother? Why are they putting gunk in the baby's eyes and preventing baby from making eye contact with its parents? Why are they putting a hat on the baby's head so that mom and dad cannot smell baby's pheromones? Why are they swaddling/mummifying the baby in chemical-ridden blankets so that it cannot move and cannot make skin-to-skin contact with it's mother or father? Why do they insist on washing the baby with their toxic soaps and injecting the baby with neurotoxic chemicals -- all of which will only serve to bring harm to the child?
The reason is obvious for those with eyes to see. And for those who are ready to know and see The Truth, please listen here:
Birth Trauma and Humanity's Takeover
After all the suffering, deprivation, and abuse that is inflicted on infants during hospital birth, is it any wonder that so many end up in neonatal intensive care units, where they are further separated from their mothers, and daily subjected to isolation and torturous protocols that ultimately have no benefit?
Dr. Nils Bergman is trying to heal all that by keeping at-risk babies with their mothers (and/or fathers) skin-to-skin, 24 hours a day, without interruption. It is called kangaroo mother care and helps to ensure that a traumatized or premature infant can thrive.
We should not have to think twice about what is the right thing to do. Babies belong with the people who love them. Period.
Dr Nils Bergman - What we can learn from horses