Primal wound and adoption

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Primal wound and adoption

The primal wound is a term that was coined by Nancy Verrier. She had been a biological mother and an adoptive mother and she saw the differences. She did a lot of research. She looked into the attachment research and she looked in the adoption research. There was this pink elephant in the room about: What happens when you take a baby from its mother at birth. The fact is that it is a traumatic experience for the baby. A biological mother regulates her baby's heart rate, respiration, and blood flow. All of these things are regulated between mother and baby. When you separate them, it's a big trauma. Adoptive parents need to be aware of that. They need to do a lot of holding, not taking it personally if that baby is crying or if that baby is shut down. That's some of the ways the baby processes it. Just be there and have an awareness of what the baby has gone through.

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Marcy Axness, PhD

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Marcy Axness, PhD, is an early development specialist, popular international speaker, and author of Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers. She is a top blogger at and a member of their expert panel. Featured in several documentary films as an expert in adoption, prenatal development and Waldorf education, Dr. Axness has a private practice coaching parents-in-progress. She considers as one of her most important credentials that she raised two peacemakers to share with the world -- Ian and Eve, both in their 20s. 

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