Monthly Archives: May 2011

Eating for Two

We’ve all heard the phrase about a woman ‘eating for two’ during pregnancy. With new scientific insights, this has taken on new meaning: a mother’s nutrition at the time of conception actually influences lifelong development of her child, and may be a contributory factor to – or offer protection against – obesity in childhood and later life. Continue reading

The First Nine Months Shape Your Life

Time magazine has finally got the message that babies are sensitive and profoundly aware of what’s going on around them, right through pregnancy … and that a baby’s experience of their environment in pregnancy will have a lasting impact, for life. This month’s article in Time by Annie Murphy Paul is worth a read if you’re interested in what happens during womb-time, and how this sets us up for life.

The interest among scientists reflects what we’ve been sharing at Babiesknow for over 5 years – it’s so exciting to witness the news spreading through a highly respected magazine.

The Babiesknow programme is based on our wish to treat babies, from conception, as unique, highly sensitive individuals who really know what they need, and what’s going on around them, in particular the mother’s sense of well-being. We’re delighted that the message has arrived in the mainstream.

Kitty, Helen, Yehudi and Harriet, the Babiesknow team, have recently had an amazing infusion of information and insights on a four-day workshop with Ray Castellino, who is one of the doyens of understanding how a new baby experiences their world. We’ve come away with a deeper bond between us, a profound trust and understanding of one another. We also have the newest, most up-to-date, information in the field of peri-natal and pre-natal psychology. We’re all brimming with enthusiasm to share this information with you during our workshops and seminars in the coming year.

Our first Babiesknow weekend since spending time with Ray Castellino was definitely the best we have ever had. We were able to incorporate both the feeling aspect and the rational aspect of communicating – using our left and right brains – and create space for some life-changing insights among the parents, babies, expectant parents and grandparents who joined us.

The publicity being given to babies and womb-time in the world’s press at the moment really reinforces the Babiesknow mission to transform the way babies are welcomed into this world … watch this space for more developments at Babiesknow, and across the planet. 

Let’s hear it for babies, who are finally being heard!!

Read the article in full here

Breastfeeding: More Benefits Proven!

It’s always a delight to see positive news about breastfeeding hit the headlines. The most recent, on May 9th 2011, shows that children who breastfeed for 4 months or more are less likely than their bottlefed peers to be clingy, anxious or have difficulties socialising at the age of 5.

The results follow the nationwide Millenium Cohort Study of around 6000 babies carried out by Oxford University’s National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, tracking babies born in 2000.
Lead researcher, Maria Quigley, says the results are very clear, even when many other factors are taken into account; but knowing exactly why they come about is less certain. ” … we just don’t know whether it is because of the constituents in breast milk, or the close interaction with the mum,” says Quigley.

What do we think at Babiesknow? We know for sure that secure bonding between mother and baby is supported by breastfeeding and close contact; and that development of the brain and the ability to form relationships and regulate personal emotions are all boosted when there’s a strong bond between mum and baby in the first year. So, in addition to the physical health benefits of breastfeeding, the emotional health benefits are extremely significant – and the results of this study seem to back it up.

We will always encourage and support prolonged breastfeeding, for as long as it feels right for mum and baby.

When mums decide to move to bottledfeeding, we recommend continued close contact, preferably skin-to-skin, and a few quiet, undisturbed feeds during the day, to capitalise on the opportunity for strengthening the mother-baby bond. Bottlefeeding doesn’t have to mean an end to the precious, intimate contact between mum and baby. And let’s not forget the benefits that are also there for dad and baby, who can go skin-to-skin for bottlefeeds and seize the extra opportunity for bonding.

Read more from the Guardian here.