When baby is separated from parents after birth

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What we found is, through a pretty progressive practice, is that if you speak a baby's experience to them, it really helps them to heal from a traumatic experience. To be separated from your biological mother at birth is a straight up, bio-neurological experience. There's no way around it. When there's adoption or when there's a NICU confinement, sometimes it can't be avoided. What you want to do is hold that realty, first and foremost, as a parent. That's the biggest thing, for us to recognize that it is a traumatic experience. To be able to reflect to the baby, "That was really scary and painful for you that you had to be apart from me, but I'm here now." People don't think that babies don't understand. Babies understand a lot more than we, typically, think they do. That can be very, very healing to just reflect the baby's experience to them.

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Marcy Axness, PhD

Childhood Development Specialist

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 Mothering.com 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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