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Coping with Crying

WESTERN CULTURES

  • 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.

OTHER CULTURES

  • 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…
Foetal position
Tight / snug fit
Warmth
Movement
Shushing sound
Soft walls
CONSTANT FOOD

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”
For more information, please visit www.babysleep.co.za

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