No journey in life can be as challenging as the one that brought us into it. Most births happily have no complications, however in some cases problems can occur and babies have to be helped into the world quickly, by forceps delivery, Ventouse extraction or caesarean section, necessary procedures save their lives.
But as even a natural birth can be traumatic for a baby this can be very stressful for them. Approximately 95% of all newborn babies retain some birth stress
As the baby travels down the birth canal, the bones of the head overlap to allow room for their passage through. their head is effectively used ad a battering ram to force its way out or used as a lever to be pulled out. So its not surprising problems can occur.
Symptoms of birth stress
the retained effects of pregnancy/labour cause most problems suffered by babies such as:
What can cause these Symptoms
- Shock or stress from the birth
- Twisting/torticollis of the neck
- Compression of the skull
- Head, neck, or spine pain
- The baby is still in survival mode, “fight or flight syndrome” increasing sympathetic tension
- Post traumatic stress disorder (common in premature babies
- Position of baby during pregnancy
- Truma of delivery
- Quickly/ long labour
- Foetal distress
- Caesarean section
- Post natal procedure – operations, lumbar punctures, cannulae.
After giving birth and coping with a new baby I recommend mums to have a treatment themselves. it helps to realign the pelvis and lower back, helping to prevent back problems common after birth, this has also been proven to help prevent natal depression.
For more information and to book an appointment please telephone Catherine Leefe (nee Tilleard) on 01295 760780 or 07879887840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Six reasons why people recommend taking a course of Craniosacral therapy during their Pregnancy.
- Ease the pain and discomfort of Pregnancy. Many times women complain of tightness and
stomach problems or “feeling squashed by the baby”. As the body changes to accommodate the
growing foetus inside the womb, it deals with new stresses and strains and as a result, general pain
and discomfort can arise, Rather than take drugs, often pregnant mothers just live with the
discomfort. The gentle techniques used in Craniosacrat therapy can help to reduce these stresses
and pains and may help a pregnant mother enjoy her pregnancy in a more relaxed and happier
- Helps the body deal with the physical changes of a growing baby. As your new baby grows, as
much as the skin and womb can expand outwards, there is still a lack of rooml The stomach, liver,
kidneys, intestines and other organs fight for the restricted space in order to function as they usually
do, however these restrictions can often impair their function. Regular Craniosacral treatment can
help the organs adapt to their new reality, maintain good blood flow and release fascial tensions
which may develop between them. This will leave a pregnant mother feeling more relaxed, less
tightness, and the feeling of “more space” inside her abdomen.
- Treats back and other pains. Often women complain of back ache during the second half of
their pregnancy as their baby gains weight. This extra pressure on the back muscles can lead to
sciatic pain down the legs or severe lower back pain. Craniosacral therapy will help support the
muscles’ability to function properly by reducing tensions in them and therefore increasing blood and
oxygen supply to them. With improved muscle tone in the lower and upper half of the back, tensions
to the nerves are reduced and back and sciatic pains may be relieved. Similarly, increased blood
circulation in the hips and legs helps relieve pains felt in the legs and feet.
- Helps Prepare the mothers body for the process of birth. Either regular treatment of
Craniosacral therapy during pregnancy or some intensive treatment during the last couple of months,
can help prepare the mother’s body for the birth. By reducing tensions in the muscles of the pelvic
floor, the uterus and the stomach, child birth becomes an easier, less physically stressful event for the
mother and baby.
- improves blood flow in your body Treatment reduces the tensions in muscles – the diaphragm
and pelvic floor particularly during pregnancy – which can often have been placing pressure on the
major arteries or veins of the body, the aorta and the vena cava. These tensions or restrictions
slightly constrict the arteries causing reduced blood flow in the torso or legs. When the diaphragm
techniques are applied to these areas, muscle tone decreases and allows for improved blood flow
around the body, especially to the digestive tract and the womb. So as well feeling more energised
and relaxed from Craniosacral therapy, you will be benefiting your growing baby by allowing improved
blood, nutrient and oxygen flow. A growing baby needs all the food helshe can get.
- Supports the immune system. During pregnancy the motheds body diverts all of its surplus
energy and biological processes to protecting and providing the most optimal conditions for the
growing baby” So much so that ofien the mother’s immune system (which protects us from and fights
disease and illness) can become less effective. Craniosacraltherapy enhances and maintains a high
level of energy and effectiveness for the body’s defensive systems. This helps the mother deal better
with the winter time, when colds, fevers and other (seasonal) illnesses are more likely to affect her.