(Stillness in the Storm Editor) The first moments of a newborn’s life are critical for establishing health in all respects. A child, while in the womb, is completely embraced by the mother, receiving nutrients, physical contact, emotional and environmental signals, and electromagnetic information from the heart-brain system. But when a child is born, all of these things are pulled away, leaving then completely exposed to the world for the first time. As a result, one of the best things to do is immediately place a newborn child on the naked skin of the chest of the mother. What this does is reestablish an electromagnetic connection as well as letting the child hear and feel the mother’s heartbeat from outside the body. These sensations remind the child of the all-encompassing unconditional love and support of the womb and form the essential link for this newborn human being to face the big wide world with the support they need.
But sadly, in the modern world, most children never get the love and support they first need after leaving the birth canal. The standard of care for newborns is that they are completely removed from the mother, taken to a nursery where they are stuck with needles (vaccinated), washed with harsh chemical soaps—and if they are male, the most sensitive part of their body might be cut off, the foreskin, often without any anesthetic. As if being taken from the womb wasn’t traumatic enough, children today are effectively tortured by the medical system as a standard practice (despite good intentions), and this creates lifelong problems for the developing individual.
What effect does this have on the child?
Unfortunately, the medical system has largely ignored the mental health of newborns, assuming that they aren’t capable of feeling pain, trauma, or emotional upset. However, new studies have overturned this longstanding medical dogma, showing newborns experience pain “like adults”.
One researcher out of many willing to question the status quo, Joseph Chilton Pearce, argues that this claim is patently false. Pearce suggests that, in fact, the first few moments, hours, days, and weeks of life are the most important for healthy development; and that if we simply acknowledged reality and what mother nature has provided, we could be raising healthy, intelligent, well-adjusted children.
The following article details what is arguably every parents worst nightmare. After an intense nine months of pregnancy, the Oggs gave birth to twins. But sadly, one of them stopped breathing and the doctors declared him dead. But the mother, possibly drawing upon instinct, decided to place her lifeless child against her bare skin. What happened next shocked the parents and the hospital staff. Over the next two hours, the child slowly came back to life, despite all odds. In addition, the mother and father were performing a kind of ritual in that they were telling this helpless baby how much they loved him.
While it is still a mystery as to what happened, given the growing body of research related to more natural parenting and birthing methods, it seems the inadequacies of our current methods were highlighted. For example, many doctors don’t seem to know about subtle energy, such as bioplasma around the body. The mother’s field literally entrains or alters the child’s smaller field, and appears to be a critical factor for the release of oxytocin, the love and bonding hormone.
There is much to understand about child development; and, given the ignorance of the medical system, it’s no wonder that newer generations are increasingly dealing with physical and mental health issues—such as millennials who were likely born in hospitals that used “modern birthing techniques.”
The following books by Pearce are excellent introductions to this little-known but essential child development information.
Books by Joseph Chilton Pearce:
Let me also share an anecdote about skin-to-skin contact.
My young cousin had her first child last year. She, like most parents, was feverishly studying and learning everything she could to prepare for the sacred task of raising a child. I told her about my research and the work of Joseph Chilton Pearce, giving her a copy of Magical Child. I told her that Pearce was able to show that holding a child physically close to you, skin-to-skin, for the first 18 days after birth helps establish healthy emotional processes—the mother-child bond so as to limit abandonment issues—and leads to higher IQ and skill acquisition later in life. These are just a handful of the benefits of this practice.
A week after she had her daughter, I went to go visit her. She was brimming with excitement to tell me what she discovered. Apparently, the doctors advised her to let the child sleep alone, which was contradictory to the advice given by Pearce. But she said her daughter cried and was upset when she did this, and as a remedy, she placed her daughter against her bare skin. Immediately, she said her daughter calmed down, as if by magic. From that moment on, my cousin said she held the baby physically on her skin as much as she reasonably could, and slept with her in bed. After about three weeks, her daughter started to feel more comfortable alone. And now, a year later, her daughter is one of the most well-mannered and intelligent children, according to her doctor. Her daughter even has a peculiar habit of sitting with books and moving her finger along the text as if she was reading.
In conclusion, the brain develops best when it isn’t in fight or flight mode. A child’s biology is programmed to detect the mother’s biology and recognize it as unconditional love and support. By holding your child close to your skin, it sends them the message “you are unconditionally loved and supported,” restoring emotional balance if the child perceives a threat. And for the child, simply not being in contact with the mother’s field is enough to trigger an abandonment reaction, and the fight or flight response, which hinders brain development. As such, parents who provide this support tend to have healthy, well-behaved, highly intelligent children—and have much less trouble later during the so-called terrible twos and adolescence.
Imagine if this essential knowledge were given to every parent and the medical system embraced these realities? Perhaps the growing rise of mental illness and depression in younger generations would trend down—and we could even see newer generations (that have unimagined emotional and intellectual skills) capable of facing, with ease, the challenges mounting in our world.
Being a parent in our world today is arguably one of the most challenging things a person could ever do. But despite the seemingly endless pitfalls to navigate, there is a wealth of information available to help parents and children in the dance of life.
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by Joe Martino, April 2nd, 2017
Kate Ogg gave birth to twins but to her dread, after one of her newborns struggled to breathe, doctors pronounced him dead. As she held her new son, she and her husband could not believe what had happened. Perhaps in a last attempt to say goodbye, or simply by instinct, she unwrapped her baby and held him against her skin. Her lifeless son – born at 27 weeks weighing 2lb – was lovingly held and cuddled as she expressed her love to him while not wanting to let him go. Then something amazing happened.
Throughout the next 2 hours, baby Jamie began showing signs of life as something was bringing him back to life. Although they had summoned the doctors on occasion to have another look, he insisted the actions they were seeing were normal reflexes and that the baby was still in fact dead. As time continued to pass, Kate decided to put some breast milk on her finger and feed it to her child. The child took the breast milk and continued to show more signs of life. The family was witnessing a miracle. They called the doctor back into the room once more and this time the doctor was in complete shock as he realized he was witnessing something he could not understand either.
‘I thought, “Oh my God, what’s going on”,’ said Mrs Ogg. ‘A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle. Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger. ‘He opened his eyes and moved his head from side to side. The doctor kept shaking his head saying, “I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it”.’
The power of skin-to-skin contact, also known as ‘kangaroo care,’ seems to be very evident in this case. Generally when a child has complications at birth, they are rushed off to intensive care right away. This doesn’t allow the mother and her love the opportunity to assist the child in its early minutes. While this might seem like magical wishful thinking, we are discovering more and more through science, the true power of the heart and love. The ‘kangaroo care’ technique, named after the way kangaroos hold their young in a pouch next to their bodies, allows the mother to act as a human incubator to keep babies warm, stimulated and fed. Studies have shown that skin-to-skin contact with a mother vs. standard contact, allows low-weight infants to maintain a higher oxygen saturation after birth. Pre-term and low birth-weight babies treated with the skin-to-skin method have also been shown to have lower infection rates, less severe illness, improved sleep patterns and are at reduced risk of hypothermia.
It is my opinion that as time goes on we are going to continue to observe, understand and implement, on a large scale, procedures and therapies that better reflect what would happen naturally within the human body and its environment. This is not to say there isn’t value in standard medical techniques, but simply that getting rigid with the techniques can often leave out very important human, love and energy related factors that can be instrumental in any given situation. I believe that the scientific and medical field can often be too consumed by their methods at times, not allowing the not-yet-understood factors to have a role in certain decisions. Efforts to further test them and their efficacy are rarely brought forth.
Too often we can generate a narrow minded view and arrogance about what we know through science and this can close our minds to what else might be possible. Much of what we have today is dogma, rather than scientific fact in an industry plagued by corruption. But there is still some good. This of course is not seen throughout the entire field as there are a number of brilliant scientific minds who are also very open to the power of consciousness.
While this story is absolutely amazing, I like to not think of it as a miracle but instead a lesson. Experiences like this allow us to see and observe the power of things we don’t yet understand completely so that we can embrace the possibility and begin exploring it further. This idea that if we cannot touch or see something, then it must not work effectively has to be let go of if we are going to embrace various methods of not just healing but dealing with many things in life.
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