Working With Babies and Children
Adults have long been aware that pregnancy and childbirth can be challenging experiences for mothers. In recent years we are becoming more and more aware just how challenging these experiences can be for babies as well, with profound physical and emotional consequences.
Emotional tension, stress and a myriad of normal and routine procedures occur at any birth. In the days and weeks following, those events may leave a traumatic effect on babies and their families.
Brain development, learning capacities, emotional stability, physical coordination, and self-esteem are all directly affected by the events experienced during gestation and birth. The ability to bond with our parents and to love and be intimate with others is shaped by our early life. Our relationships with food, money, sexuality, and how we cope with stress are all shaped during gestation and early childhood.
Birth is a very intense experience, which creates strong imprints on our children. In the past twenty years more psychologists, doctors, scientists, and body practitioners have recognized the amount of trauma that happens during birth and what impact it has on the child and the parents. As a result new approaches have been developed to help babies and their families work through the consequences of the trauma, helping all to heal.
Some things to look for that may indicate trauma has occurred:
It is my privilege to work with children and babies when they are having trouble adjusting to new environments. Either as young children or adjusting to life outside the womb as newborns, they often experience emotional or physical upset. When working with children it is important to include primary caregivers in the therapy sessions. Babies and young children actively function within the energetic whole of the family.