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If you’ve given birth before, you’ve probably heard of oxytocin – especially if you’re a breastfeeding mother. Oxytocin is the hormone that controls uterine contractions during labour, and helps with the milk ejection in breastfeeding. But this amazing neuropeptide is involved in so much more than just those two functions. Studies show that oxytocin is calming and can improve mood – it lowers your blood pressure and blocks stress hormones. It can help relieve inflammation and stimulate metabolic functions, like digestion and growth. It is present in females and males, and is active in social interactions. It brings about feelings of relaxation, selflessness, and love. World renown obstetrician, Michel Odent, says, “Whatever the facet of love we consider, oxytocin is involved.” And oxytocin may be the key to adapting to motherhood. Synthetic oxytocin, however, which is often used to induce or augment labour, does not act the same way in […]

The phrase ‘sleeping like a baby’ is often used to describe a long, deep sleep. It’s certainly not a phrase used to describe the sleep of a real baby, which is anything but long and deep. After spending most of your life not really thinking about sleep, it will become your greatest obsession once you become a parent. Nothing can prepare you for the exhaustion of caring for a newborn baby. However, understanding more about your baby’s sleep can help you to cope with the tiredness, or at least know that it won’t last forever. Here are some important facts about babies and sleep: Baby Sleep Fact #1: Babies Have Different Sleep Patterns To Adults Your baby’s sleep habits do not follow the same pattern as yours. As your baby grows older, her sleep patterns will evolve and she will eventually adopt sleeping patterns similar to yours. Adult sleep cycles […]

Infant Massage is Research-Verified Skin sensitivity is one of the earliest developed and most fundamental functions of the body. Touch is the first sense to develop in utero and it is the last sense to leave us before we die. Research indicates that our sense of touch develops during six to nine weeks gestation. Our skin is the largest organ and our most important and primary connection to the world. Stimulation of the skin is, in fact, essential for adequate organic and psychological development, both for animals and for human beings. When asked what he thought of infant massage, anthropologist Ashley Montague, author of the iconic book Touching, commented,“People don’t realize that communication for a baby, the first communications it receives and the first language of its development, is through the skin. If only most people had realized this they would have all along given babies the kind of skin […]

The important elements that help form the bond between parent and infant include eye contact, skin contact, scent — both baby’s unique scent and that of the mother. Also, vocalization, the baby’s responses to the parent, the activation of maternal and paternal hormones by contact with the baby, temperature regulation, and the immunizing bacteria and antibodies transferred to the baby by close contact with the parents. While all of these elements come into play during the massage routine, the vital elements which strengthen bonds are eye contact, skin contact, vocalization, scent, and communication — the baby’s responses to the parent as well as the “dance” of learning intimately about one another. Eye Contact Eye contact is one of the most powerful communications we have. Between parent and infant, it is a vital connecting link. Parents are compelled to get into a face-to-face position with their newborns and to gaze into […]