Birth Trauma

birth trauma and craniosacral therapy

During birth a baby withstands enormous pressure.

With each contraction, the baby’s body adjusts as needed, the membranes and small plates of bone in the cranium moving to accommodate the pressure. Even with the easiest of births the membranes of the skull can be restricted, setting the mold for growing bones to follow.

Restrictions from birth trauma may not show up for years.

Modern birth is often mismanaged from the outset. Mothers are brought into hospital at the appointed time rather than when the baby is ready. Waters are broken. Babies are induced. Labour is hurried. Mother can’t dilate fast enough. Babies get stuck.

Suddenly labour becomes a frenzy of, “emergency procedures,” which never needed to happen in the first place. Violent extractions with forceps or ventouse (suction) are used and if they don’t work it’s off to surgery for an emergency cesarean.

Because of the seriousness of the situation, and make no mistake by this stage it is serious, the baby is literally yanked out of the mother. Even with a planned caesarean the incision alone can often cause trauma because of the sudden change in pressure in the womb – a bit like a deep sea diver catapulted to the surface. This is a very different experience for the baby from the waters breaking naturally.

Once the incision has been made the baby has to be extracted from the womb swiftly. This means the baby has to be grabbed . . . somewhere . . . usually by the back of the neck to get it out.

More trauma follows. . .

As soon as a baby is born it needs to stay close to Mother so it can get used to the new environment while still remaining close to something familiar. Bonding with Mum should be paramount but is usually low on the list of priorities because of surgery.

All the above leads to many patterns of restriction within the babies system which in turn can lead to symptoms.

These symptoms may not show up for years.