So babies do feel! And they don’t have to be premature to do so! Again, a common theme I talk about OVER and OVER on this blog. I’m hoping that Moms and Dads will REALLY get this idea. That babies feel EVERYTHING. Not only do they feel everything but they are storing ALL their experience and all the information in their limbic brains. Its all there. Not only is it stored there but it stays there forever….waiting for a time when any trauma or wounding is ready to be healed.
Its that simple. Can you imagine someone taking a needle to your arm or leg without your knowing? Or without telling you first? You’d be LIVID if someone just walked up to you and stabbed you with a needle. But we’re doing it to our babies every single day in our country. And we call something that is truly abusive “normal”.
I am in awe of what we consider “normal” nowadays. We consider war normal….and to me….killing other human beings is the farthest we can get from normal. It goes against almost everything inside of us to point a gun at another human being and shoot them dead. This is why war veterans come home steeped in trauma. Their whole experience forever changed them….
Babies come into this world expecting to give and receive love. If anything other than love “imprints” as normal brain patterns, it is then stored as the “normal” comfort zone for that infant. What trauma and wounding takes place at birth are then passed into the limbic brain and stored. The storage of that information then effects all the perspectives and life choices that will child will potentially make.
LOVE the study below on how infants can, of course, feel pain. Its interesting to me that we have to create a study to prove it. We just can’t use logic and intuition to know it! Babies remember gestation, babies remember labor, babies remember birth, babies remember their WHOLE experience. To believe otherwise isn’t logical nor professional.
Peace on earth DOES begin at birth! The wounding and trauma that the MOTHER can heal within herself will not then be passed onto her unborn child. The greater effort she makes to heal her own wounding from her birth experience and limbic imprinting does forever shift the perspectives of her newborn. Plus, it stimulates a respect in the infant for life and love above most of us who have been born in trauma and fear.
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2012) — There was a time when a belief was widely held that premature neonates did not perceive pain. That, of course, has been refuted but measurements of neonate pain tend to rely on inexact measures, such as alertness and ability to react expressively to pain sensations. Researchers at Loma Linda University reported in The Journal of Pain that there is a significant relationship between procedural pain and detectable oxidative stress in neonates.
Previous studies have shown an approach involving measurement of systemic biochemical reactions to pain offers the benefit of providing an objective method for measuring pain in premature neonates. Exposure to painful procedures often results in reductions in oxygen saturations and tachycardia, but few studies have quantified the effects of increased pain oxygen consumption. No studies have examined the relationship between pain scores that reflect behavioral and physiological markers of pain and plasma markers of ATP utilization and oxidative stress.
In this study, 80 preterm neonates were evaluated. In about half, tape was taken off the skin following removal of catheters, and they were evaluated for oxidative stress by measuring uric acid and malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration in plasma before and after the procedure. These subjects were compared with a control group not experiencing tape removal. Pain scores were assessed using the Premature Infant Pain Profile. The data showed there was a significant relationship between procedural pain and MDA, which is a well accepted marker of oxidative stress.
There were increases in MDA in preterm neonates exposed to the single painful procedure and not in the control group. Since premature neonates undergo several painful procedures a day, the researchers concluded that if exposure to multiple painful procedures is shown to contribute to oxidative stress, biochemical markers might be useful in evaluating mechanism-based interventions that could decrease adverse effects of painful procedures.