- Pregnancy and birth are medical matters.
- Pregnancy and birth are managed by strangers.
- Mostly male doctors in charge.
- Women give birth in strange surroundings (hospitals).
- Mother is often not in control of her birthing process.
- She is alone most of the time after going home from the hospital.
- Emphasis on the baby’s independence.
- Mass-produced artificial equipment to stimulate baby.
- Emphasis on routine.
- Pregnancy and birth are religious matters
- Pregnant and birthing mothers are cared for by family and friends.
- Women are in charge.
- Women give birth at home.
- Mother feels in control of her birthing process.
- She is surrounded by people after the birth.
- Emphasis on closeness with baby.
- Spontaneous and natural stimulation.
- Go with the flow.
In the womb, babies have the following, all day and night…
Tight / snug fit
When a baby is born, it probably feels like she is “cold turkey”, from snuggling and rocking 24 hours a day to NONE. No wonder she cries.
Parents in all colic free cultures keep their babies in a womb-like space, respond immediately when their babies cry, feed them regularly and sleep with their babies.
Taken from Erica Neser’s book “COPING WITH CRYING”
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