You Might Need a Prenatal and Infant Psychology Specialist if…

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Early intervention is the best prevention.

  • Are you unsure whether you and your baby have bonded well or if something has gotten in the way of building a positive bond, such as a hospitalization for you or your baby, postpartum depression, adoption or foster care, extreme fussiness or severe parent stresses?
  • Does your baby have trouble taking in comfort by looking away, stiffening or arching away when held, or doesn’t calm down when comforted?
  • After 6 months of age, does your baby not show any stranger awareness or does not respond differently to parents and unfamiliar people?
  • Is your baby excessively clingy or anxious? Will he or she not move away from you even for a short distance to explore toys or interact with other children?
  • Are you having a hard time liking your baby, or if it seems as though most of your interactions are negative or upsetting?
  • Are you worried about your baby’s sleeping, feeding, toilet training, or other concerning behavior?
  • Do you feel that you overreact, yell, or hit your child, or feel extreme distress when your child shows certain typical or unusual behaviors?
  • Are you concerned about how your own experience of being birthed, raised, or parented might affect your own parenting?
  • Are you or your baby having trouble with breastfeeding or other feeding methods?

These are only a few examples of how prenatal and infant psychology could benefit you and your baby. If you are concerned about yourself or your baby, please contact contact me at InfantPsychology@gmail.com for more information.

“Attachment behavior is any form of behavior that results in a person attaining or maintaining proximity to some other clearly identified individual who is conceived as better able to cope with the world.”  – A Secure Base, John Bowlby

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Bonding and Attachment Difficulties

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Infant Bonding And Attachment: Frequent Overnights With Non-Resident Parent Leads To Insecurity

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Very Preterm Babies Show

Bonding Difficulties Despite Parental Sensitivity

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Divorce Hits Youngest Kids the Hardest,

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“Divorce may be worse for parent-child bonding if parents split when kids are young, new research suggests.”

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Bonding, Brain, Intelligence & Play

Video by James W. Prescott

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“Child and human development are experience dependent. The sensory experiences shared between mother and infant establish the templates, the predispositions and patterns that shape each human life. Some sensory experiences are more important to the early developing brain and how it unfolds. Peace and violence, free play and fear based conditioning, intelligent or reflexive people societies and cultures hang in the balance. James W. Prescott Bonding, Brain, Intelligence & PLAY. Produced by Michael Mendizza and Touch the Future.”

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Many Baby Products Contain Toxic Flame Retardants

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“On December 6, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) filed legal notices saying major retailers are violating California state law by not warning consumers about various baby products that contain potentially toxicflame retardants. It noted that nap mats used in daycares nationwide, baby products from Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart and other major retailers contain a cancer-causing chemical.”

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Researchers Investigating Children’s Emotions

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“A group of researchers from Victoria University’s School of Psychology are taking part in a three-year trans-Tasman project to understand how children make sense of their emotions.”

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Bonding and Attachment Articles

Co-sleeping: Yes? No? Maybe so?

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“Co-sleeping is the practice of having your infant or child sleep in the same bed with one or both parents. Today, co-sleeping is still widely practiced and has garnered much attention in recent times as both being a healthy mode of building attachment and bonding, and contributing to an increased risk of infant death due to suffocation, entrapment or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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Simple Steps Can Create Strong Bonds With Children

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“Attachment, positive or negative, shapes how a child will relate to the world, learn and form relationships.”

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Reflections on Attachments and

How They Shape Us

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Attachments to important people in our lives have positive or negative effects on our adjustments, depending on how they treat us and how we perceive them.”

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Attachment and Bonding Disorders

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“When this process is interrupted, or does not occur at all, infants and children can develop specific problems in one or more of these areas. These can manifest as behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties as well as possible developmental delays. The degree of disturbance can vary from quite mild to severe.” 

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What is Birth Trauma?

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“Babies express their birth trauma in a number of ways. These include their body language, gestures and crying. Each of these forms of expression are highly specific to the babies experience of their birth.”

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The Science of Bonding

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Interesting article by two different authors discussing bonding.

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Of Human Bonding

“In humans, oxytocin levels rise during childbirth, breast feeding and sex. Humans with higher oxytocin levels are more likely to trust other people. They are more resistant to stress and social phobias. Humans seem to experience delicious oxytocin floods in the brain after being with someone they love. It’s no wonder neuroscientists — displaying the branding genius for which they are famous — have nicknamed oxytocin "the affiliative neuropeptide."

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