With regard to the intrusion of multi national companies like Johnson and Johnson and their ongoing attempts to monopolise ‘the baby massage market’ and the results of their funding of university research being done in regard to the ‘correct oil’ to use with babies. Parents and caregivers are now being encouraged to use commercial baby care products that are mass-marketed to appear gentle or natural and best for their babies. What they don’t know is that these products are potentially harmful. Despite the evidence of scientific research being given out with regards to the adverse effects of some natural oils …Read more »

April News Letter

WWW.BABYMASSAGETEACHERTRAINING.COM International School of Developmental Baby Massage Welcome to another edition of our newsletter        April 2016 HOW MOTHER’S LEVELS OF OXYTOCIN MAY DIFFER IN WOMEN WITH DEPRESSION The goal of this study is to look at how breast feeding, oxytocin and face-to-face interactions between a mother and her baby are impacted by depression and the mother’s oxytocin levels. “We already know that pregnancy escalates oxytocin levels and that breastfeeding releases oxytocin, which have anti-depressive effects,” said Nancy Aaron Jones, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology “In this new study, we are looking at oxytocin levels in pre- and postpartum mothers who …Read more »

February News Letter

WWW.BABYMASSAGETEACHERTRAINING.COM International School of Developmental Baby Massage Welcome to another edition of our newsletter        February 2016  NEW RESEARCH Shows children who receive lots of touch grow up to be healthier, less depressed, kinder, more empathetic, and more productive adults. This research from Darcia Narvaez studied more than 600 adults and found those who were cuddled as children grew into more well-adjusted adults with less anxiety and better mental health. The study found that, along with cuddling, a positive childhood with lots of affection and quality time also led to healthier adults with better coping skills. Much research has already been …Read more »

November News Letter

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND PRE/POST NATAL EDUCATION EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE Is our ability to understand, control, and express our emotions in a healthy and constructive way and to be able to recognise and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Research shows that intellectual intelligence or our IQ ( intelligence quotient) has less to do with success in life than emotional intelligence our EQ (emotional quotient). Our IQ helps us understand facts and figures and navigate the world, but we need emotional intelligence to communicate clearly, assist others, and build strong relationships in our personal lives. Emotional intelligence is of major significance to attachment relationships and …Read more »

October News Letter

NEW MOTHERS ARE FLOODED WITH ‘ADVICE’ The moment a woman announces a pregnancy she becomes a recipient of unsolicited wisdom. This advice comes from strangers, family, neighbours, and passionate friends who are more than happy to click ‘share’ on dozens and dozens of parenting articles. Sadly, both for the giver and the receiver, this advice is often unhelpful, conflicting, and discouraging. Once in a while – in the midst of the information overload – a voice will ring out above it all gently saying: follow your intuition.” Managing Editor and Creative Director ‘The Mother Magazine’ Download complete news letter here

August News Letter

CAN MASSAGE REDUCE STRESS LEVELS FOR BABIES   The stress response activates the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system resulting in stimulation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Subsequent to HPA activation is the production of a cascade of stress-associated hormones including epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol, which influence other physiological systems including an increase in blood pressure, respiration and heart rate. In contrast, massage therapy is believed to stimulate the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system facilitates the return to homeostasis after an emergency by reversing some of the physiological systems activated during the stress response. For example, an increase in parasympathetic …Read more »

I thought this article on C Section worth sharing

I thought this article on Caesarean Section worth sharing. I had been at the hospital for two days in induced labor, unable to get out of bed or eat, tethered to a labor-inducing oxytocin drip. The doctors started to talk about stalled labor, a stuck baby, and going to the operating room. I had assisted at dozens of Caesareans when I was a medical student, but I didn’t think I was there yet. I started flipping through numbers on my cellphone, looking for friends who were obstetricians and pediatricians. I needed another opinion to keep me from a C-section. As …Read more »

Why Babies Cry

Why Babies Cry It is not easy to know why a newborn cries, especially amongst first-time parents. Although the main reasons are hunger, pain, anger and fear, adults cannot easily recognise which emotion is the cause of the tears. “Crying is a baby’s principal means of communicating its negative emotions and in the majority of cases the only way they have to express them,” as explained by Mariano Chóliz, researcher at the University of Valencia. Chóliz participates in a study along with experts from the University of Murcia and the National University of Distance Education (UNED) which describes the differences …Read more »

Breast is Best

Breastfeeding May Help Reduce the Risk of Alzeimer’s Disease Although improved healthcare has contributed to longer healthier lives, along with aging comes an increasing risk of dementia. Although the exact cause of dementia remains unknown, new research has shown that Altzeimer’s disease is characterised by an insulin resistance in the brain. More recent research published in the Journal of Alzeimer’s Disease suggests that breastfeeding may help reduce the risk of contracting Alzeimer’s Disease Breastfeeding and Alzheimer’s Disease Researchers interviewed 81 British women between the ages of 70 and 100. Within the group of women, some had developed Alzheimer’s disease while …Read more »

Biological Unity

From birth onwards the biological unity maintained by a mother and her child throughout pregnancy does not stop but remains just as intensively functional and mutually involving. During birth the mother’s uterine contractions that serve to push the baby out into the world, also stimulate all the major systems the baby needs for survival in the world outside of the womb. For the baby the natural birth process is the equivalent of the strongest massage they are likely to receive during the course of a lifetime and the depth of these contractions and the length of time through which they …Read more »

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