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Grandma’s Experiences Leave A Mark On Your Brain

….”So the best thing you can do is not to worry all the time about whether you’re doing the right thing. Keeping the stress level down is the most important thing. And tactile interaction — that’s certainly what the good mother rats are doing with their babies. That sensory input, the touching, is so important for the developing brain.” ….

The above is an extract from the following article – Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes

Not quite ‘light reading’ but worth the effort of reading. So grab yourself a coffee…

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Mind the Bump – Free Mindfulness Meditation App

Mind the Bump is a fabulous new App developed by Smiling Mind and beyondblue with the help of psychiatrists and psychologists who specialise in Mindfulness Meditation, mental health, perinatal health and online wellbeing.

The free Mindfulness Meditation App aims to help individuals and couples support their mental and emotional wellbeing in preparation for having a baby and becoming a new parent.

There are loads of tailored exercises to support parents from day one of pregnancy through to 24 months after birth and is geared towards mothers, fathers, single parents and same sex couples. It can also be used by health professionals working with new and expecting parents.

Download the Mind the Bump App from here.

So What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply the process of paying attention to the present moment, with purpose and without judgment.

The Mind the Bump App contains activities that help to train the brain and strengthen one’s ability to be mindful, which further increases an individuals capacity to manage stress, change, and build connections.

A Child’s Brain Development

On the flip side, mindfulness is an incredibly useful tool for optimal child development as well.

It’s now clear from decades of research that as a young child’s brain develops over time, mindfully caring for them increases the chances they grow up to be mentally and emotionally well balanced and better able to handle life.

Here is a great video describing the importance of mindfulness on a child’s brain development.

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Counting the birth date from the day the mother decided to have the child

In the northern parts of Namibia and on the banks of the Kunene River leave a semi nomadic tribe known as the Himba people. Of all the tribes of Africa  still alive today, the Himba are one of the few that counts the birth date of the child not from when the day they  were born, nor conceived but the day the mother decided to have the child.

When a Himba woman decides to have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. And after she’s heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child’s father, and teaches him the song. And then, when they make love to physically conceive the child, they sing the song of the child , as a way to invite the child.

And when she becomes pregnant,  the mother teaches that child’s song to the midwives and the old women of the village, so that when the child is born, the old women and the people around her sing the child’s song to welcome it  And then as the child grows up, the other villagers are taught the child’s song. If the child falls, or gets hurt, someone picks them up and sings to them. Or maybe the child does something wonderful, or goes through the rites of puberty, then as a way of honoring this person, the people of the village sing his or her song.

In the Himba tribe there is one other occasion when the child song is sang to the child. If the child commits a crime or something that is against the Himba social norms, the villagers call him or her to the center of the village and the community form a circle around him. Then they sing their birth song to them.

The Himba view correction for antisocial behavior not as a punishment, but as love and remembrance of identity.  For when you recognise your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. And as the child goes through their life their song is the theme of their life. In marriage, the songs are sung, together. And finally, when the child is lying in his bed, ready to die, all the villagers that know his or her song come and sing – for the last time that person’s song.

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Pubic Symphysis Pain in Pregnancy and Its Treatment With Acupuncture

For pregnant women, pubic symphysis pain can be truly debilitating and even result in depression. What is Pubic Symphisitis and what pregnancy treatments exist that can help women to cope with this condition? Read on to learn more.

Pubic Symphisitis is a condition in which a woman experiences pain in the pelvic region due to a shifting of the bones. It is the joint between the two pelvis bones that becomes stiff, and the pain from this joint can radiate in any direction creating extreme discomfort. The condition does not have to be associated with fertility and pregnancy, but it often is as the additional shifting weight is can be what causes the pelvis to shift and become misaligned. Also, during pregnancy, the body produces relaxin. This causes the ligaments to relax. It is important in order to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal, but it can also weaken the joint between the pelvis bones which is most often the cause of the pain. Doctors can use an x-ray to see if the gap in the joint has pulled farther away than it should during pregnancy.

As a result, everyday activities may become extremely painful for a woman. She may find it difficult to lift anything that weighs very much, to bend or twist at the waist, or even to get out of bed in the morning. Sleeping can also become difficult as the pain may increases with every shift while in the bed. Thus, some women sleep with a pillow between their knees. While many doctors will recommend Physiotherapy, our team of Acupuncturists at House of Fertility & Healing offer a solution that have been demonstrated to be even more effective in treating the pain of Pubic Symphisitis.

Research has shown that those who undergo acupuncture have a greater reduction in pain than those who seek what many may consider a more conventional treatment such as Physio. The fact is that pregnancy acupuncture is a great pain reducing tool for those who are willing to give it a try.

For a Symphisitis sufferer to set oneself up for an easier labour, acupuncture is an important part of the labour preparation process. Women suffering from this condition should thus consider the health benefits of pregnancy acupuncture. Sydney residents can be happy to have a reliable and experienced centre to go for this treatment.

Ngaio Richards July 2013

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