Resolving Prenatal and Birth Trauma: Getting to the Heart of Our Work with Infants and Families

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 16:00 to 17:30
In this presentation I show how the infant will inevitably take the lead in getting its needs met and how we can support the parents to consciously and lovingly respond to the infant’s promptings. When the parents are able to attend to the needs of their newborn child, bonding and attachment will naturally occur. In addition, we will look at infant nurturance from two specific vantage points. The first is how to maximize the salutary effects of breastfeeding. The second is an overview of infant development and trauma resolution from birth to 9 months of age. Via a video diary we will examine one infant’s early trauma, consequent developmental issues and the resolution of these traumas through treatment, as well as the re-connection and healing of the family unit. Treatment Objectives: 1. To soothe and alleviate the rawness of birth and early childhood trauma 2. To bring integration and healing to the child’s physiology so that normal development can occur 3. To promote bonding, attachment and wellness in the family unit
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