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 »

Johnson & Johnson admits: Our baby products contain cancer-causing formaldehyde

Today, the personal care giant announced that it would voluntarily (after consistent pressure from the public and groups like EWG) remove hidden formaldehyde from their baby products like baby shampoo and baby washes.  Don’t see formaldehyde listed on the back of your bottle of “no more tears” shampoo?  Formaldehyde is “hidden” in these products in ingredient names like “DMDM hydantoin“, and “1,4 dioxane” (which is “hidden” in listed ingredients like “fragrance”.  It’s all a big fun game, you see.). “There’s a very lively public discussion going on about the safety of ingredients in personal care products,” said Susan Nettesheim, VP for product stewardship …Read more »

Mothers and Babies Daytime and Nightime – some FACTS

Mothers and Babies Daytime and Nightime – some FACTS  In Western societies the practice of mothers, fathers and infants sleeping together came to be thought of as unhealthy and dangerous. Western parents are taught that “co-sleeping” will make the infant too dependent on them, or risk accidental suffocation but these views are not supported by human experience worldwide, where for millions of years, infants as a matter of course slept next to at least one caregiver, usually the mother, in order to survive. Many studies have shown that separation of the mother and infant has adverse consequences and anthropological considerations …Read more »


What is colic? Colic ‘s the name given to repeated episodes of intense crying, often at the same time of day, or late afternoon with no apparent cause. Symptoms of colic include very tight abdominal muscles, sudden and loud crying and a red face with intense facial expressions, all of which are indicative of pain. Other physical symptoms may include the baby drawing their limbs in towards their tummy. Always best to check out expressions of intensity like these with your doctor or health care provider as they can also be symptomatic of far more serious disorders. What can I …Read more »

American Academy of Pediatrics

Research from America followed 350 babies from birth to walking. This showed that babies who spend time on their tummies are able to roll over, sit up, creep, crawl and pull themselves up to standing significantly earlier than babies who remain on their backs. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) now recommends that babies sleep on their backs but spend wakeful time on their tummies. “Back to Sleep and Tummy to Play” is their message. The five reasons they give for encouraging babies to spend waking time on their tummies are; 1. It helps strengthen the baby’s neck, back and trunk muscles. Babies need …Read more »

Cerebral Palsy and Prada Willi – syndrome – Massage and Movement with stiff and floppy babies

Cerebral palsy, also referred to as CP, is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting the child’s body movement and muscle coordination and  refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood which may permanently affect body movement and muscular coordination. It is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during, or shortly after birth; or during infancy. These disorders are not caused by problems in the muscles or nerves themselves, but through faulty development or damage …Read more »

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