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What Babies Are Teaching Us A Collection
Wendy Anne McCarty, Ph.D., R.N.
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For copies. .wondrousbeginnings. www.com.What Babies Are Teaching Us A Collection Introduction Being With Babies Booklet Set Volume One – An Introduction Volume Two – Supporting Babies’ Innate Wisdom The Call To Reawaken and Deepen Our Communications with Babies Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma The Power of Beliefs Copyright 2005 Wendy Anne McCarty.
Often doulas would say that they intuitively knew or felt some of the principles emerging out of PPN research. conceiving and relating with babies into their practice. We would work with the baby and parents for 10-30 sessions until the baby’s stress patterns appeared to be resolved and the family resourced and ready to complete. Copyright 2005 Wendy Anne McCarty. The CALL To Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication with Babies I wrote this article as I was writing my Welcoming Consciousness book and I began the paper much like my book. I wrote these booklets to meet that need. You will find some overlap in that each publication is an introduction for a new group. . The article was for the doula community. www. but instead. I am currently writing a parenting book that will greatly expand these originally published principles and others as well. I have wanted to come back to writing more in the series. support. Being With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us Volume One & Two These publications were written in response to parents’ request during their involvement at the BEBA research clinic. I wrote this article to provide information. I was working therapeutically with infants and their parents at the BEBA Clinic. The agreement was that they would allow their sessions to be video recorded and allow the material to be used for research and educational purposes. yet because these concepts and principles are still so different than our current mainstream ideas. Now. As we modeled the principles with how we interacted with their babies. and encouragement to incorporate these ways of perceiving. friends. For copies. Yet.Introduction This collection contains my Being with Babies Booklets and three previously published articles. Each article brings in new elements as well.com. child caretakers. (They are still available in the original gift-quality printed format through my website. they would feel hesitant to “go there” publicly with their families. During this time. and other professionals working with their families. they saw and felt the difference and healing changes in their babies.) For years. Now they are global. it was a different orientation that what was in the “mainstream” And they asked if we could write something simple – something that they could share with their parents.wondrousbeginnings. we were modeling and teaching parents new ways of being with their babies that incorporated prenatal and perinatal psychology principles and a variety of therapeutic skills. or had infants who were showing some stress/trauma symptoms or difficulties would come to the clinic. I helped to create the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Families who had heard of our work. had challenging births.
Luis’s story beautifully portrays key PPN principle and one way to utilize this material with one’s children.wondrousbeginnings. Enjoy. They had gone to my website and read Luis’ family story and had put these two pieces together as an article. For copies. www.Introduction Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma This article was actually assembled by the ISSSEEM staff. birth and newborn periods. and ways of being in the world are reflections of what they experienced. It truly changes our entire understanding of babies and our beliefs about babies as we begin to see that many of babies’ behaviors. This paper was the beginning of the articulation that has lead to the integrated model I began to articulate in Welcoming Consciousness (2004). and an article was born. It is a great little article with a list of prenatal and perinatal psychology (PPN) principles and a list of questions to ask in terms of exploring aspects of early experience. They thought my message and the handout I had provided conference attendees was very valuable. They contacted me saying one of their staff members had heard me present at the 2003 ATLC meeting.com. challenges. Thank you for valuing this material and what babies are teaching us. . The Power of Beliefs This article was based on a presentation I made at the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health Congress in 2001. It was oriented towards the Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine community. imprinted. The importance of the implications that young babies already have imprinted behaviors and beliefs was addressed in this work and has been a primary theme of mine. Wendy Anne McCarty 2/6/05 Copyright 2005 Wendy Anne McCarty. and learned during the prenatal. I revised it slightly.
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. Franklyn Sills. courage. This book is dedicated to Bill. I want to thank my friends who believe in the importance of this message and who have graciously given me their feedback and suggestions. and Raymond Castellino. Ph.P. love and commitment have truly been inspiring. my partner in spirit.D.P.C. I want to thank the many teachers that I have had the opportunity to work with and four that have helped me build the foundation for my work today: William Emerson. D.D..I want to express my gratitude to the families and babies that I have had the opportunity to work with in the BEBA Clinic and in my private practice.P.P. R.. Ph. who was devoted to the messages contained in this volume. Peter Levine. I also want to acknowledge and thank my many beloved friends in spirit. R. . Their integrity. They are the true teachers of what is written here.
The principles and ideas in this booklet are as true for the prenate. . and the newborn as for an older baby. the baby being born.
a new field of prenatal and birth therapy has developed that focuses on these early experiences. being born and coming out into the world with all of us. One of the most significant discoveries in this work comes from babies. This new therapy is profound and is helping babies. . children and adults heal the stress or trauma that may have occurred during that time. you probably have a baby in your life. I share with you some very important principles we are learning from babies about how to help them in their transition into life. In this booklet.Babies. children and adults have been telling their stories of what it was like for them to come into this world . Over the last thirty years. If someone has given you this booklet. Incorporating these principles into your relationship with babies and children can have profound impact. children and adults showing us ways of being with them that would help them as they come into our world.what it was like for them being inside their mother’s womb.
.What we are learning is revolutionizing the fundamental beliefs we have about prenates and babies and our ways of being with babies to support them.
from the time in the womb and birth itself has profound and lasting impact. and how we are going to relate to it all. our body. . From the beginning. our health. responsive. our feelings about ourselves. and they respond appropriately. receptive beings that merge with others around us. We learn by feeling and experiencing with others and are therefore affected by others. These early experiences imprint and establish our core view of the world. They are very sensitive to what we think. especially mom and dad. we are “wired” to be very sensitive. And. They are able to understand what is said to them. We have been repeatedly awestruck by the level of presence and awareness prenates and babies have. we learn about who we are by how others around us relate to us. feel.Our experience from the first moments of conception. Being a conscious and aware being doesn’t depend on our brain development or physical body. We come in that way! We are the naturally empathic. follow the meaning of it. say and do.
while others are very subtle. Where they place their attention – by focusing on something or someone in their outer environment or by focusing inside themselves with closed eyes. Gestures with their hands and feet. nursing. Body language and movement (very important). . Their expressions are not random. Level of tension or relaxation. Eye contact and what they chose to look at. Body rhythms (such as sucking.Babies are communicating and responding to us and their environment all the time. rather they are intentional and meaningful. Babies express themselves through: Facial expressions. Some expressions are quite overt. and general movement tempo).
considered. empathy. . (This pause is essential. Babies process and respond generally at a much slower pace. and consideration builds a positive sense of self and a sense of safety and being loved. Then check in with the baby’s responses and you will find if you are on track! Talk to the baby directly. One of the basics is that we all want to be included. acknowledgment. Include them in the conversation. They are conscious and do understand and have feelings.) Acknowledge their response. Treating them with respect. How you relate to the baby does have impact. love. understanding. Respond appropriately according to their response. Pause and wait for their response.A good place to begin is to treat the baby as you would want to be treated. and responded to. So. imagine how you would want to be related to in a situation.
Tell the baby ahead of time what you will be doing or what is going to happen.g.Babies can easily get overwhelmed or overstimulated. interactions. Ask permission when you sincerely are giving them a choice. Slow the pac e down. e. sounds. and to build trust.” . Adapt the environment: temperature. and transitions from one thing to another can easily overwhelm the baby. When you are going to do something with or for them. “I’m going to pick you up to change your diaper now. such as “Would you like me to hold you?” Then wait for a cue from them. Slow down inside yourself. such as: When you are going to break contact with them and move your attention. lights. These are specific ways to help babies be able to integrate their experience. to their cues. Fast actions. Approach the baby espect for their boundaries and be sensitive to their cues. to feel safe.
It doesn’t have anything to do with you.” Notice baby’s reaction to the changes and acknowledge them. To acknowledge that and pause helps the baby. Often our transitions c an be too quick for them to integrate. They often feel it is something they did and so it can be helpful to say something like.and in a f ew minutes. you’re reaching out with your hand. “I’m upset about something from work today. It helps them if you identify what’s going on. For example. For example. This is so helpful for the baby and a great way to interact with them.. He might say. This is an especially important time to tell them about the change ahead of time. I am going to leave for work. “This has been so much fun playing together. Acknowledge or reflect what the baby is expressing. but you may feel my upset.” Tell the baby what you are feeling.” . Daddy has been playing with baby and has to leave for work.. I’ll be back later and we will play more then.When you are about to initiate a transition. I see. the baby will naturally pick up on it. “Oh. If you are around the baby and are upset about something or are in conflict with someone.
Going inside in attempts to cut off the stimulation. From that sensitive place. you can sense and understand how easily you can feel overwhelmed and overstimulated. Some of the cues babies give us that they are overwhelmed or overstimulated are: Speeding up and moving more into fussing. For example. . Arching their back and becoming tense. They count on us to be as sensitive as possible to adapt the environment and interactions to them. imagine how you would want others to be and how you would want your environment to be. This helps them feel safe and allows them to stay with their experience. or startled. they can’t get up and leave a situation that doesn’t feel right for them. shuttering. In that sensitive place. For a moment. They are also very vulnerable and dependent on us. for example when loud music is playing and the baby appears to go to sleep. Moving away from a person or stimulus. imagine a time in the past when you felt very vulnerable and sensitive.Babies are exquisitely sensitive. Movements becoming more jerky. Looking disoriented or dazed. Babies have fewer means to deal with their environment than we do. upset or crying.
and cared for.” Some of the things that babies are showing us that they really appreciate and that help them are things with which we can all identify..” (You change the music and the baby calms. the baby seems to be overwhelmed and you notice the music that is playing is loud and fast. .. slow breaths. that was too much. and feeling person.Slow down inside yourself. You could say to the baby. “Is that music too much right now?. they grow up feeling heard. valued. thanks for telling me. and cared for. For example.Yeah. we feel heard. valued. if action is called for. For example. Check your own tension level and center or relax.. Watch for their response and acknowledge that. Slow the pace down with the baby by your movements and voice... When we feel someone is being sensitive and responsive to our needs and relating to us as an aware. Acknowledge their response of overwhelm or agitation. Let me put something slower on. conscious.) “Is that better?. When you treat babies in this way.. Respond to meet their need. take several long.
acknowledge your feelings and trust your ability to deal with them. Many times. our bodies. We are developing new ideas about protecting babies—protecting their right to have their feelings and responses. . they may be expressing their feelings or responding to something happening right in the moment. That probably included having someone with you who was willing to be with you. and our relationships to stuff feelings. such as hunger. we know it is healthy to feel a full range of feelings and not feel guilt or shame about having them. Just like us. allowing and didn’t judge you. something from the present will trigger an earlier experience which impacts the way they feel about or respond to the present situation. Again. Their feelings always have meaning. etc. imagine a time in your past when you felt most heard. grief. someone who was sensitive. overwhelm. sadness. love.Allowing and acknowledging babies’ feelings helps to validate their experience. trust. fear. We are finding out how unhealthy it is for ourselves. such as joy. yet we can identify with their emotions and feelings. The prenatal experience and birth can be very intense and often babies are expressing feelings about these early experiences as well as about their present situation. gratitude. This is what babies want. What the babies are teaching us is that this is also true for them. As adults. Babies have intense feelings and experiences. They may also be expressing or responding to something in their past. We may not always know the exact meaning of their expressions and responses. anger. most comforted and most accepted.
In 1993.P. She has a Ph. Dr. R. teacher. and began her training and practice in this specialty. McCarty has worked for over twenty five years with families through various avenues-as obstetrical nurse. . McCarty was the first co-executive director of BEBA and a primary therapist and researcher in the clinic until fall of 1997. McCarty has also been involved with consciousness studies and research for over two decades. she and Raymond Castellino. and consultant. marriage and family therapist. Her work embodies her core perspective that we are spiritual consciousness who choose to have human experience with purpose and design. Ph. President of SBGI. In 1999. is an author.D. Dr. BEBA. B.C. In 1987. prenatal and birth therapist and consultant. co-founded and co-created the Prenatal and Perinatal Studies Program at the new institute.D.S. McCarty joined a core team to develop and open the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.D.P. she was introduced to the new field of prenatal and birth therapy with infants by William Emerson. Her work incorporates the principles of prenatal and birth therapy within a framework emphasizing spiritual perspective bringing mind-body-spirit together.Wendy An ne McCar ty. co-founded the non-profit corporation. in Nursing and training in numerous complementary healing arts and transpersonal practices. childbirth educator.. Marti Glenn. D. Ph. MS in Family Studies and Child Development. Dr. in Counseling Psychology. She and Dr. Dr. at an APPPAH conference.
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D. Bill.C. Franklyn Sills. Your contributions made a difference. Elizabeth.. I want to thank my friends who have graciously reviewed and helped edit the booklet: Ray. and especially my partner in spirit.. Ph. R.. Harvey. and Peter Levine. my colleague and co-therapist at the BEBA clinic. I am so grateful you are a part of my life.P. love. I want to thank and acknowledge Ray Castellino.. My heart felt gratitude to the babies who are teaching me so much about the power and beauty of their innate wisdom.P. His expertise and our creative collaboration have contributed greatly to the fundamentals of I also want to ac knowledge three other colleagues I have learned greatly from: William Emerson. and Peter. I want to thank Carol for her graphic design and formatting assistance. integrity. I also want to acknowledge and express my deepest gratitude to my many beloved friends in spirit.P. Ph.D.I want to thank the families and babies that I have had the opportunity to work with in the BEBA Clinic and in my private practice. Their courage.P. Beryl. D. and commitment have been truly inspiring. . Marsha. R. Ginny.
1 . and adults heal early stress or trauma. the baby being born. and the newborn. Incorporating these principles into your relationship with babies can have profound impact. children. prenatal and birth exploration has grown immensely. and adults alike have been portraying their experiences during conception. Babies. The similarities of stories and information gained from all ages give us a rich new foundation of understanding early life. you probably have a baby in your life. children. The principles and ideas in this booklet are as true for the prenate. thereby. revealing profound insights. in the womb. dramatically enhancing their well-being and future. This booklet contains some important principles we are learning from babies about how to help them in their transition into life. being born. This booklet series explores new beliefs about who we are from the beginning of life and ways of being with babies that would be most helpful to them as they come into our world. Since the early 1970’s. and coming out into the world. as for an older baby and child.If you have received this booklet. The pioneer field of prenatal and birth therapy is evolving from this foundation and focuses on helping babies.
I introduced many of the important principles we are learning from babies.In booklet. let me briefly highlight a few key concepts discussed in 2 . This booklet builds on the foundation of For those of you who may have been given this booklet first.
In other words: A common thread woven through most discussions of is that the whole person is in relationship with. In this booklet. I share in more depth. Let’s start by exploring some of the qualities of a healthy. happy. to. and whole people they can be. There are many names given to this place inside: I use the name You may like a different name: _____________________________________________ 3 . a connected place inside themselves. I suggest at certain places for you to pause and explore something for yourself.In this booklet. four key ways we can help babies be and grow into the most healthy. I include some examples to help bring the principles and ideas come together and become more real and alive. happy. and living from. and whole person. These experiences can deepen the understanding and the feeling sense of what is written here.
When we are in the flow of this state of being: 4 .The following are qualities of being connected to and living from our Authentic Being that I imagine and experience. yet I know that we are real and human also. I state them in the ideal. We come and go from this state of being.
newborns. we have worked with. As a prenatal and birth therapist. and their parents.In the rest of the booklet. we will explore four key ways you can help. but with themselves and others of all ages. For many of the families. it has become a way of life – not only with their baby. These ways are part of the foundation we use for helping babies heal stress and trauma and to grow from their innate wisdom. babies. Babies have been consistently showing us the power of these four ways of helping. 8 . I work with prenates.
Most people in Western cultures have not considered babies to be capable of understanding others and expressing themselves. prenates and babies already have an Authentic Being and an innate wisdom. decisions. The beliefs we hold about prenates and babies form the basis for our attitudes. Then he read that babies are conscious from the beginning of life. For example. feelings. Consequently. we are also assuming that. these beliefs color every aspect of our interactions with prenates and babies. thoughts. and profoundly impact their feelings and beliefs about themselves. one new father told me that during the first part of his wife’s pregnancy he never thought of directly communicating with the baby. from the beginning of life. One evening while talking to the baby. When we hold these beliefs. 9 . He just never thought that his baby was capable of understanding what he said. He was very excited about having their first child and talked a lot about the baby to others. It was a precious moment for him. he felt the baby move in response to his words. choices and actions in our world. He really understood that the baby was communicating with him! That was a turning point for him. This is really a whole new orientation! You may wish to reread the beliefs highlighted on page two of this booklet and consider their significance. Most people have not believed that babies are that conscious. He began talking his baby.
feelings. decisions. They decided to leave. babies. This vision supports their developing these beliefs and images of themselves. Their beliefs shaped their attitudes. The baby calmed and settled inside. the baby’s communication guides my interaction with them. 10 . in an agitated way. thoughts. to grow. to be receptive to their communications. Setting our intentions to interact with babies from our new beliefs about them. he would look forward to coming home and spending time with his wife and baby inside – talking and playing together. choices. and children (and adults) to stay connected with their Authentic Being and to function from their innate wisdom. Their baby was very active inside. will set in motion our For example. they explained to their baby their concern for the baby and why they left. and heal. they went to a movie that ended up being violent. I hold the belief that babies will show me what they want help with. Our holding these new beliefs and images of them helps prenates. One night. As soon as they were in the car. and to hold their communications to be meaningful. and their actions. learn.Each day. Communicating daily with their baby became a new way of life. as a therapist working with babies. I set that intention in order to be available to them. These parents' new beliefs opened the door for new experiences and their new experiences with their baby opened the door for newer beliefs. In this way.
Prenates and babies are developing their beliefs about themselves and about the world from the moment of conception. I will suggest more. These beliefs are imprinted into their being. You will see them respond and the words presented here will 12 . How do you interact or be in relationship with babies in this new way? It may feel like a voyage into uncharted territory. In the remainder of this booklet. or feels like. It is a time to have an incredibly wonderful impact on them. Still. If you have the map of these beliefs and set your intention to relate to prenates and babies from there – they will show you the way – they can be your guide. you may wonder what it looks. It is an In I discussed many specific ways of interacting with babies to help them. it is such a reorientation for many people. sounds.
During the therapy we do. They show us when something feels right or not. In this way. we see the impact of unresolved stress and trauma on the babies’ and parents’ lives. 13 . We also see the enormous positive and healing impact that these new beliefs and interactions can have. respect. They are dependent on us to be sensitive and willing to help keep them safe. sensitive. That is why I believe so strongly in interacting with babies in a way that affirms their Authentic Being and fully respects their awareness and sensitivity. A lack of understanding and empathy from others can lead them to feel objectified and isolated. and security. and emotional expressions. happiness. violence. We promote world peace and cooperation. and more are rooted in our early intrusive experiences. we support individual health. The implications for this imprinting are staggering. Babies are not able to prevent or stop frightening or painful events or interactions. newborns. overt and subtle body movements and rhythms. When we realize how conscious. Our doing so allows them to blossom within a cocoon of love. territorial wars. mental illness. So many emotional problems. becomes so clear. One way to help prenates. the importance of helping them maintain their sacred space and the safety they feel within it. Babies communicate through voice. without having to become specialists in Protecting babies’ sacred space involves respecting their boundaries. and wholeness.Babies need our help. and babies thrive is to be sensitive to their communications and to take care with how we approach and interact with them. and aware they are and how impressionable their early experience is.
to come closer and how they would like him to interact. react protectively to their space being invaded.A friend of mine recently told me how he understood this idea. These images enabled him to learn babies’ cues and to give the babies the same respect he gave the animals. He would let the animal show him if it was O. They show us in similar ways as do adults. The following are some distress responses babies may have to a disruption in their sacred space. Babies may: These responses are ways that babies ask us to help them reestablish their sacred space. especially a baby animal.K. Prenates and newborns. He imagined approaching an animal in the wild. He would approach quietly and read their cues of disruption or fight-flight that approaching them may create. 14 . as well as older babies.
maybe feeling a bit unsure?...I’m going to stay right over here. Alex seems agitated and wary. you are ju st gett ing here. I watch the baby for cues.Yeah. If that 15 .” I see him holding tightly onto Mom. I slow myself down. and his parents come in for a therapy session. so we wait to start talking..” We try not to have too many things happening at once.and there is nothing that you have to do right now. I say.. Here is an example of these principles in action. they come into the office slowly. I say.” The mother knows that telling Alex what she is going to do ahead of time helps him feel safer so she says to her baby.When babies want us to come closer. I’m going to come over there (pointing to a spot between us) to sit down. ”Alex.. and greet the baby and parents from a distance. I’m going to move over to the couch to sit down. “That’s right. I stand still. saying slowly.. babies exhibit a combination of come closer and go away signs as they negotiate what feels right to them. We all have experienced that relationship scenario of: This is the dance of relationship! The respectful dance is a vital part of the therapy I do with babies. The baby seems to be relaxing more and begins to smile at me. On this day. you can hold onto Mom. rather than approach.. You can stay right here with me. “Oh yeah. I acknowledge that. they often will: Sometimes.. Alex. The parents have already learned that slowing themselves down and going slow with their baby helps him to orient and feel safe. The parents sit on the couch. ”Alex. A five month old baby. So.
making eye contact with him. increasing the safety of the procedure. The baby responded by cooperating. She repeated this process several times. The doctor uses an ultrasound image to help safely guide the needle to avoid the baby). “I’m going to move my attention and say hello to Mom and Dad now. The mother was pregnant and was going to have an amniocentesis. When she went to have the procedure. Then I say. that was too close? Thanks for telling me. for example. but for personal reasons wanted to have the information.“ I pause and then make contact with Alex’s parents. Let me move back. let me know and I’ll move back. I focus on settling within myself. Alex starts to relax more and feel safe. How’s that?” I notice him soften and turn back to look at me.” I pause and keep the contact with Alex. she helped her baby feel included and allowed the baby the opportunity to take an active role.feels too close. The following is a story of how a mother helped her baby during a potentially traumatic invasion of the baby’s sacred space. I appreciate you letting me know when something isn’t right for you. During the week prior to the amniocentesis. She was planning on having the baby whatever the test outcomes. With sensitivity and care. Parents often ask how to help their baby during a situation that by nature may be invasive or scary. medical procedures or interventions. the mother communica ted with words and images to the baby about the test – why she was going to have it and what was going to happen. I say. “ It is important to me that you feel safe here. thereby. she asked the 16 . and say slowly. (In an amniocentesis.” I move closer and he starts to turn into Mom with his body. “Oh. a needle is inserted into the amniotic sac of the young prenate to withdraw fluid.
Feeling that others are sensitive to and respectful of their sacred space profoundly impacts their future. 17 . the mother told the baby that the needle was about to come in. At that moment. the baby began moving again. After the needle was removed.doctor to tell her before the needle was inserted. Her baby had understood and had responded by protecting himself and by cooperating. Prenates and babies are establishing the imprinting that will determine how they view themselves and their world. She and the doctor watched on the ultrasound monitor and saw the baby move to one side of the womb and remain still.
People are always moving their attention. They may stir. having eye contact. The mother is watching her baby and is focusing her gaze at her baby – enjoying the peaceful. we can choose what we want to focus on. You. or the Internet. She looks up at the clock to check the time. sweet moment. present. yet. The mother suddenly realizes she forgot to do something she said she would do that day. many babies feel this as a disruption.When we work with babies in our clinic. Her daughter is reacting to her sudden shift in focus and emotional state. We flow moment to moment. Often in therapy sessions. or start to cry. as in surfing the television. radio. a parent will be interacting with their baby. too. 18 . can help them tremendously by learning to focus in this way. For example. Sometimes. we are conscious of how we focus our attention. and The parent then shifts to talk to me. This may be a natural movement to the adult. however. which helps babies stay relaxed. a baby appears to be sleeping in her mother’s arm. By using our intention. startle. shifting our focus from one thing to another. and in their body. we do this unconsciously. moving their attention suddenly away from the baby. touch. and her daughter startles.
not realizing the impact the unannounced and sudden shift in their attention has had on their baby. “O. Keep in contact with the baby while you let them catch up. only to have the connection suddenly gone. if they are going to break contact. Adults may relate to this by imagining being in the flow of a nice conversation on the telephone.” 19 . Pause to let baby catch up.I’m going to get up to see who is here. let’s say you are having contact with your baby and the doorbell rings.K. Then shift their attention. I suggest to parents that they: Keep contact with baby. Babies have consistently shown us how sensitive they are to attention shifts. Your baby will be reassured that you are aware of their sensitivity and can communicate clearly with them.The parent may wonder what is wrong. They may startle. You will be amazed at the powerful impact this one change can have. Tell the baby ahead of time. “That’s the doorbell sound you hear.. For example.. You say while looking at them.. When working with families. Prenates and babies will understand when you let them know what is going to happen.” Pause. Then say. I’m getting up now..
relax. What do you feel in your body as you are imaging this? When ready. you want to get the check and get out of there. They interrupt you and don’t seem to notice. You feel a need for more space between you. First find a quiet spot. read and imagine the three scenarios below slow enough to notice your responses to each.Babies are great teachers in helping to raise our consciousness of how we move our attention! (Most adults love to receive that much conscious care themselves!) Another subtle. 20 . let the image and sensations go. They are moving their attention all over the place. Imagine sitting at a restaurant having lunch with a friend or co-worker. you feel like squirming. They are giving you their attention. yet powerful way to help babies maintain their sacred space involves where we place our attention in relationship to ourselves. Feeling frustrated. One moment they are with you. You may feel slightly tired or anxious. Imagine yourself at the same table with a different person. but for some reason. When you feel quiet inside. Something feels too close. They keep forgetting what you are telling them. then they are not. You notice yourself leaning back in the chair with your hand gripping the chair’s arm. You are edgy and can’t quite figure out why. Are we coming from our center within ourselves or somewhere outside ourselves? Most of us know a lot about functioning from outside ourselves! The following guided imagery is designed to help you understand and experience the inside or outside concept. and settle yourself down.
let these images and sensations go. and energy field is scattered all over the place. Their focus. are present and soft at the same time. They are not very present.Notice what you feel in your body while you imagine this. I feel their presence. You are comfortable with this person. When ready. What’s the difference between these three scenarios? Here’s my assessment and response to the three scenarios: This person is falling into me with their attention and energy field. They are giving you their attention. creating a chaotic feeling. Imagine being at the table with yet another person. Notice the sensations in your body. They are not spaced out. 21 . I’m feeling that they are too close. I don’t feel very attended to nor safe to share much of myself with them. outside their body. nor falling into my space. This person is not centered. This person has their attention and focus well planted within their own body and space. “You are in my space!” My natural defensive movement is to try to create the distance that is more comfortable for me. They are demonstrating the I feel relaxed and present myself and enjoy being with them. It’s one of those moments. You feel relaxed and are really enjoying the contact and the moment together. their attention.
I suspect your responses and body sensations are different as well. or peacefully centered? Now imagine how the use of our attention impacts babies who are naturally connected to us. by being within ourselves.The quality of experiences with these three people is very different. 22 . Do you ever feel yourself falling into someone. Being centered and having our attention come from within us is tremendously helpful to them. Most of us can also relate to being like these people. scattered all over the place. which helps them experience their own. babies’ sacred space is maintained. providing them with a feeling of safety which they need to stay with their own experience. Babies can resonate with our centeredness. Also.
It can help us become more connected to our Authentic Being and produce a sense of warmth and well-being. and to connect with themselves and the divine. babies reveal more of their abilities to access their self-healing potential and innate wisdom. and be present. we are hearing and reading more and more about how slowing down. 23 . For many. however. meditating. In fact. and value being in a state of quiet presence. Most of us have learned how to function at a pretty fast pace. these same parents are able to slow themselves down. Westerners now seem to be yearning for the ability to relax. Prenates and babies need a slower pace than adults in order to integrate their experience and to not become overwhelmed or overstimulated. Parents often are not accustomed to slowing down as much as we do in therapy with their babies. learning to relax. They understand how slowing down within themselves makes such a difference in their ability and their babies’ ability to be more present. can help our body and our mind. meditate. stay awake. Even though I do yoga. We have learned to cope and adapt so that it has become the norm. doing yoga. Though previously valued much more in Eastern cultures.Parents often share that learning to slow the pace or tempo down is a major key for themselves and their babies. Yet. They can become quite sleepy during the initial therapy sessions and sometimes nod off! By the end of therapy. I have learned new depths of slowing myself down by being with babies. slowing down can feel uncomfortable. Babies are powerful teachers. I believe that most of us have lived in an overwhelmed and overstimulated state much of our lives. or working in our garden. With each new level of slowing down.
as caretaker of a small child. Acknowledge what is happening for you and for your baby. present. which most of us have. We observe that this speed up can contribute to what we label as colic. Reorient and relate from this place with your baby.If babies have experienced stress or trauma. the imprinted pattern tends to be one of speed up. breastfeeding problems. She explains that. you should put the mask on yourself first to ensure you are able to then put one on your child! When you feel yourself accelerating. Slow down. and tearful more easily. or In therapy. having your attention fall into the baby. inability to nap or sleep. Notice where your attention is and bring it back within yourself. afraid. The art of learning to be relaxed. constipation. Then acknowledge to the baby what is happening. we purposely slow down the pace to help babies renegotiate or repattern their tendency to speed up. or getting scattered: Pause. getting anxious. The fight/flight responses in their body were stimulated during the stress or trauma and the propensity for repeating those responses remains higher. agitated. 24 . and in your body while the baby is crying and upset is the Consider what the stewardess requests at the beginning of a plane flight. These babies will tend to speed up and become upset.
The key concept here is that the more we learn how to be present. Here in his own words is a story of he and Avery: 25 . They are meant as a guide to explore and to learn. they have fuller access to their innate wisdom. relaxed. When babies are in that slowed down. The suggestions in this booklet are key ways to help. connected. and present with theirs. We learn how to live within our innate wisdom and from our Authentic Being. Avery completed the prenatal and birth therapy process. we learn more about ourselves. the more babies can then stay oriented. and centered in our own bodies. Avery and his parents are a part of the BEBA research study. his grandfather. Avery’s grandfather tells a wonderful story that sums up the main points of this booklet. so moved by the healing impact of these principles had. During Avery’s therapy. Babies are incredible teachers because by helping them. made a commitment to relearn how to be with his grandson. graduating several months prior to the time of this story.
We discussed the qualities of living from our Authentic Being and what it means to live from our innate wisdom.We began this booklet looking at new beliefs regarding how conscious and aware we are from the very beginning of life. respected. Now it is time to leave. let yourself just be with what has been stirred within you. We explored how we want to help babies experience and grow. We then explored important ways you can help babies feel safe. which in turn. will support their growing from within – in touch with their innate wisdom. with love. Allow yourself to experiment with your baby in this new way and let them teach you. protected. They are the real guides of this new world. After setting this booklet down. Wendy 27 . and loved.
Marti Glenn.D.D. She has a Ph. co-founded and co-created the Prenatal and Perinatal Studies Program at the new institute.P. Her work embodies her core perspective that we are spiritual consciousness who choose to have human experience with purpose and design. BEBA.P.. co-founded the non-profit corporation. Ph.D. teacher. In 1987. McCarty has worked for over twenty five years with families through various avenues-as obstetrical nurse. at an APPPAH conference. is an author. McCarty was the first co-executive director of BEBA and a primary therapist and researcher in the clinic until fall of 1997.Wendy An ne McCar ty.S. she was introduced to the new field of prenatal and birth therapy with infants by William Emerson. D. Dr. MS in Family Studies and Child Development. Her work incorporates the principles of prenatal and birth therapy within a framework emphasizing spiritual perspective bringing mind-body-spirit together.C. . B. R. Dr. in Counseling Psychology. McCarty has also been involved with consciousness studies and research for over two decades. and began her training and practice in this specialty. In 1993. and consultant. Dr. childbirth educator. Ph. She and Dr. President of SBGI. In 1999. McCarty joined a core team to develop and open the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. in Nursing and training in numerous complementary healing arts and transpersonal practices. she and Raymond Castellino. Dr. prenatal and birth therapist and consultant. marriage and family therapist.
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com .” My hope is to support you and give more examples of practices and ways of being with babies that incorporate these key principles. 80).” This experience and statement captures a core theme echoed throughout decades of clinical reports from the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. they relate that they have “intuitively known” or have already been working from some of these principles. This particular statement comes from Emily under hypnosis as she described her experience in the newborn nursery to Dr. Yet many professionals have also confessed to being hesitant to openly incorporate these principles into their interactions with babies and parents because they challenge traditionally held beliefs about babies and may appear “too far out. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 2 “They don’t think I’m a person. In this DONA article. To order copies: www. I know I am.wondrousbeginnings. The Field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Two professionals instrumental in the founding of this field during Original article published in International Doula 12(3). Summer 2004. I would like to introduce the emerging field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and seven key principles and clinical findings that directly affect our practices supporting families and babies. Often when I share this material with professionals such as doulas. p. Over thirty years of clinical and research findings indicate babies are much more conscious and aware and able to communicate more meaningfully and learn more intensely from the beginning of life than traditionally thought. David Chamberlain (1999.
and 1980’s. Drs. Dr. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty.wondrousbeginnings. Verny’s book. In the 1970’s. prenatal and perinatal psychology had expanded into a multidisciplinary field “dedicated to the in-depth exploration of the psychological dimension of human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child” Original article published in International Doula 12(3).D. Dr. broke new ground and is considered to mark the “conception” of what would later become the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology (Chamberlain. During the 1970’s along with other psychotherapists and physicians from various parts of the world. Verny and Chamberlain. They reported that working with the original early experience often resulted in dramatic relief and resolution of the clients’ presenting problems. during their clients’ early experiences in the womb and during birth. 2000).The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 3 the 1970’s and 1980’s were Thomas Verny. By the late 1980’s. They were finding that many adult problems appeared to originate. M. Summer 2004. Verny became intensely interested in the mind of the unborn and newborn child and traveled to meet others researching this area. Babies Remember Birth (1988).com . To order copies: www. The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (1981).D. opened up new territory with his clinical research findings revealing the reliability of birth memories. began sharing reports of their adult clients’ birth experience recalls. Ph.. and David Chamberlain. Chamberlain’s book. Chamberlain began utilizing hypnosis with his clients and was surprised that many of them spontaneously went to and described their prenatal and birth experiences while in trance. Dr. Dr. to their own surprise.
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(Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health’s purpose statement). The field focuses on both the prenatal and birth process and experience directly, as well as the understanding and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults exhibiting constrictive-to-traumatic patterns rooted in their prenatal and perinatal experience. There are two core professional organizations in the field, each publishing their own journal. The American organization, The Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH), publishes the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. The European organization, The International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine (ISPPPM), publishes the International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. I was first introduced to the field in 1988 when I attended a conference sponsored by what is now APPPAH. Even though I had worked with families having babies since the early 1970’s as an obstetrical nurse, a childbirth educator, and as a marriage and family therapist, I was stunned by what I learned and experienced at the conference. It changed my perceptions and conceptions of babies and our earliest experiences. It changed me. It changed my life. Although I had a great deal of relevant education, a BSN in Nursing, a master’s in Child Development, and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, as well as fifteen years of experience working with families, a very different picture of early development was being presented. What
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made it so different? This group had been mapping out our earliest development from the baby’s point of view! Researchers and clinicians had been gathering reports of adults remembering, re-experiencing, and healing issues pertaining to their prenatal and birth experiences. Various methods were utilized such as hypnosis, holotropic breathwork, various regression techniques, and spontaneous entry into the earliest experiences. As the reports, research, and clinical findings were shared and cross-referenced, significant trends and patterns were discovered. It became evident that our experiences in the womb and at birth had powerful influences on our behavior, health, psyche, and how we function in the world. Not only did these influences affect us during infancy and childhood, but also throughout adulthood! Prenatal and perinatal psychology was giving us an inside view of how we experience and are affected by a multitude of factors from pre-conception, life in the womb, birth and bonding, and the newborn period. Greater understanding of potential life-long effects, a new appreciation for the needs of babies, ways to prevent life-constricting patterns, and new recommendations to support babies and families emerged as a result of this research. At that conference, I attended a presentation by Dr. William Emerson on his pioneering psychotherapy work with young babies to heal birth trauma. Not only had he had been working with prenatal and perinatal material with adults for two decades, he also had worked with children to identify signs and symptoms of prenatal and birth trauma and
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therapeutic interventions suitable for children. During this period, a friend whose baby was in the NICU after a very difficult birth asked him if he could help her baby. He didn’t know if he could, but he worked with their baby and she improved. He was subsequently inspired to work with babies and developed the subspecialty of therapeutic interventions during infancy and early childhood to resolve prenatal and birth trauma. I trained with Dr. Emerson and began working with young children in 1990. In 1994, Ray Castellino, D.C., and I co-founded BEBA, a nonprofit research clinic, to work with families and young babies in treating early trauma and to explore the implications of this work (www.beba.org). I often use the phrase “What Babies Are Teaching Us” in my seminar titles and publications because they truly have taught me a whole new level of possibility in being with babies. In 1999, I joined Marti Glenn, Ph.D., and others to create and open Santa Barbara Graduate Institute with the first master’s and doctoral degrees in our specialty, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. Program instructors include Marshall Klaus, M.D., Phyllis Klaus, MFT, Thomas Verny, M.D., David Chamberlain, Ph.D., William Emerson, Ph.D., Ray Castellino, D.C., and I, among others. Students are now beginning their doctorate research and will be making significant contributions to research in the field. In conjunction with the institute, I now provide continuing education seminars that are “primers” for professionals to reap the benefits from the decades of research in this vital field.
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and spiritually. let us turn to what I consider to be seven key principles that emerge from the field’s research.wondrousbeginnings. This blueprint becomes the infrastructure from which we grow and experience life—physically. During this period we form a foundational blueprint for life based on these early experiences. emotionally. we learn intensely and are exquisitely sensitive to our environment and relationships. Our ability to transmit and receive communication during the prenatal and perinatal period is much greater than traditionally thought. Summer 2004. relationally. During our gestation. 3. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. 1. To order copies: www. Our early experiences become part of our implicit memory reflected in our subconscious and in our autonomic functioning.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 7 Seven Key Principles from Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Now that you have a brief orientation to our field and my background. The majority of babies born in the US show signs of stress or traumatic imprinting. Young babies already show us their established life patterns developed in utero and during their birth. Original article published in International Doula 12(3). birth.com . mentally.” 5. We are sentient beings–conscious and aware from the beginning of life. 4. and early infancy stages. 2. These affect us below the level of our conscious awareness and directly shape our very perceptions and conceptions of “reality.
Many of the needs we have considered essential for healthy development during infancy and childhood are needs we have from the beginning of life: To be wanted. and the newborn period and directly including them so that they feel “we are doing this together” is one of the most powerful tools we have to help babies—especially when there are difficulties or medical interventions. and communicated with as the sentient beings we are.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 8 6. “They don’t think I’m a person. Principles Illustrated Let us return to the quote at the beginning of this article. For instance. To order copies: www. safe. included. 7. heard. Her Original article published in International Doula 12(3). I know I am. Communicating with babies in the womb. Each of these principles can be understood and appreciated at many levels. welcomed. what does our sentient nature really mean? How does that change how we support babies and teach parents? After fifteen years in the field. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty.wondrousbeginnings. nourished.com . I am continually deepening and expanding my understanding.” This poignant statement by a woman relating her experience in the newborn nursery under hypnosis is a very commonly reported one in prenatal and perinatal oriented work. seen. In the remaining portion of this article. I would like to give a few examples of the principles and their implications and recommendations for working with babies. during birth. Summer 2004.
Summer 2004. p. individuals present. Chamberlain reported that the narratives from the children revealed accurate reports of: time of day. verbatim recollections of events outside the womb. room layouts. “Reliability of birth memory: Observation from mother and child pairs in hypnosis” has become a classic in our field (1988. Chamberlain’s study. one of fantasy rather than reported memory. He then compared the coherency of the child and mother’s memory of the birth. instruments used. Chamberlain hypnotized children (ages 9-23) and their mothers separately and asked them to describe their birth experiences.com . Many of the narrative descriptions of these memories can be found in his book Babies Remember Birth (1988).) He found that the independent narrative matched exactly at many points and dovetailed in an interlocking pattern at other points with the baby having its own experiences. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. sequencing of events. In his study. 26).wondrousbeginnings. and detailed images of outside Original article published in International Doula 12(3). Rarely was there a contradiction and when there was one. mental and emotional consciousness at birth. beyond anything predicted by developmental psychology” (1999.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 9 statement and perspective illustrates that we have a sense of self as we enter life and that we have meaningful memory of our experiences. knowledge of type of delivery. locale. 1999). Chamberlain concluded. it had a different quality. “The content of birth memories suggests a sophisticated level of physical. To order copies: www. (Pairs chosen included only children who had not been told the details of their birth and who had no conscious memory of their birth. paranormal knowledge of unspoken thoughts of others.
and was left with a question about his mother’s feelings towards him from his newborn memory. She then told her son the truth about that moment and said that later when they brought him to her.wondrousbeginnings. There is a disagreement about the name for the baby. “It was really dark and smoochy. She had felt very guilty that when he was born and brought to her. but prefer Mary K.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 10 the womb while baby was still in the womb. Then dad came to you…did you love me?” She felt a dread. There is evidence to suggest that not only do we have a full sense of self and have memory of our experiences. Then I came out and they handed me to dad. or G. “Sure. “Okay” and changed the subject. but that we are also very sensitive to events occurring at the time of our birth. He said. She told him how sorry she was if he felt not loved in that first moment. Summer 2004. Original article published in International Doula 12(3).” Mother says. “I’m tickling and playing with her. sequences of events. This is evident in the following story told by the mother of six-year-old Evan: Evan’s mother asks her six year old. Mother didn’t like V. “Do you remember your birth?” He replies. There is a hassle about the name. stroking her.” She tries to hide her surprise. Here is an example of what a mother and child each separately reported of a situation soon after the birth. but daddy did. (1999. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. It really hurt my head. remembers sensations. I don’t like V. she was still in so much pain as the episiotomy was repaired that she could not even look at her newborn and had told her husband to take him. To order copies: www. (McCarty. p. 23) What is worth highlighting is that the types of accurate reports Chamberlain found in this study have been also been reported by many other researcher and clinicians. or G. she fell in love with him.com . as well as the emotional states and intentions of those who are present. Notice how literal the memory is: Child says. “Mother is talking and playing with me. 2004) In this example Evan demonstrates a sense of self and other as a newborn. and asks. “What do you remember?” Evan puts his hands up on the sides of his head and says. She had never told anyone about this because she judged herself harshly for that moment.
related to me that when Vinnie was three years old. He seemed relieved. So in just talking about it. or hard. Rachel. Summer 2004. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. She related that he was really upset that she wasn’t going to come back. Rachel decided to talk with Vinnie about his difficult birth and newborn period.com . it seemed like he was sort of relieved to be able to say ‘yeh-that is what I am feeling. Rachel was a also a midwife and said that during this period she had a class in which the midwifery instructor. “Yeah. or painful. he would cry and have tantrums when she left him at preschool. and she wasn’t really sure why he was having such intense reactions. glad that somebody acknowledged that that was kind of scary for him. His mother. She told me that as she was telling him about how she was sorry they were separated and that that might have been scary for him.” Rachel went on to say. discussed how conscious babies are at birth and how difficulties at birth may affect them later. I didn’t know if you were going to come back.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 11 Vinnie’s story also portrays several of the key principles. To order copies: www. we talked about that and I thought maybe it must feel like that when he went to school and he wasn’t sure I was going to come back.wondrousbeginnings. I didn’t think you were going to come back. He said. Karen Strange. I wasn’t sure you were going to come back”. Original article published in International Doula 12(3). “Yeah. She told me that she talked with him about how they were separated after his birth and that he had some breathing difficulty and was kept in the nursery under an oxygen hood for several hours. …so. I didn’t like that. He really seemed after that to be able to separate from me more easily and having talked about how I was going to come back and that I would always come back for him was something he really needed to hear.’ even though he might not have been able to have the words for it. he chimed in with.
in their book Parenting from the Inside Out (2003). In both of these examples.. I hope these examples support your intuitive knowing and your own ways of working with families. and Mary Hartzell.com . M. • They were honest in talking about what happened and had a sense of empathy and compassion for their child’s perspective. It also illustrates how some event during the birth and newborn period can become a traumatic imprint. Daniel Siegel. aware. part of the foundational blueprint that affects how later events can trigger an intense return to the original feelings and fears. My Original article published in International Doula 12(3). As human beings.Ed. the mothers illustrate several principles of communication that supported their children. discuss the importance of having a coherent narrative.D. I have included a selected bibliography to help you explore these issues in more depth. we have a need to understand and resolve intense or traumatic events in our lives. To order copies: www. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 12 Vinnie’s story portrays how conscious.. • Vinnie’s mother saw the relationship between her son’s newborn experience and his intense reaction at preschool and was able to help him understand himself and the circumstances better. Although this article only briefly introduces prenatal and perinatal psychology and key principles. M.wondrousbeginnings. and affected he was by the separation with his mom after his birth. I find this is true from the beginning of life. a coherent sense of our childhood events and experiences. Summer 2004. • They appreciated and respected their child’s memory and reaction to events during and after their birth.
Original article published in International Doula 12(3). Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty.wondrousbeginnings. Summer 2004. Being with babies: What babies are teaching us-Booklets I & II. I highly encourage practitioners and parents to communicate directly with the baby and be responsive to the baby’s communication with them from the beginning of life. and the communication dance between baby and other becomes a synchrony of mind-body-spirit expressions.) Each of my papers and my book contain more stories that bring life to the clinical research findings. As their bodies and brains grow. their communication grows to include movement. the more natural is will be for parents to do this. there is already a closeness and clarity of communication that positively affects the birth and bonding. are brief introductions of these concepts and practical ways of implementing them intended for parents and caretakers.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 13 publications. Telepathic communication is prevalent at the beginning of life.com . Babies read and are affected by peoples’ thoughts. gestures. (Look for a book version in 2005. The more you as practitioners do this. feelings. To order copies: www. My continuing education classes are another avenue to learn more from this exciting field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and how to incorporate these principles in working with families. and intentions. Recommendations The evidence emerging out of prenatal and perinatal psychology and clinical practice indicate that we have a sense of self as we enter form and that we want and need to be communicated with and included. vocalizations. The evidence suggests we are natural telepaths as we enter human form. I find when we do this throughout the prenatal period.
Summer 2004. as our views of early development became so grounded in only our biological human nature. and dad. in our modern Western world. “How could I call the doctor and tell him my baby said she is in trouble?” She felt they would have thought her “loony.” Sadly. and by interfacing with staff to be Original article published in International Doula 12(3). baby. during a routine ultrasound the next morning. your encouragement. telepathic communication is as natural a way of communicating as verbal language. she thought the baby was clearly communicating to her that she (the baby) needed help. One day. Recently. Just as you would support mom with your presence. She related that she had a sense something was not okay yet did not trust it. the horror unfolded as they saw the baby had her cord wrapped around her neck three times. Within an hour.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 14 In many indigenous cultures. This young mother felt tremendous pain about “not listening to her daughter’s call for help.com . one that motivated me to write this article to support professionals and parents in trusting their inner knowing and intuition and in reawakening and deepening our communications with babies once again. you are in the central position of supporting mom.” She told me she hesitated in trusting that that was truly her baby communicating to her and said. A woman came to see me two months after her baby died in utero at 37 weeks gestation. As birth doulas. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty.” This is a very sad story. I had a sad reminder in my private practice of this.wondrousbeginnings. That evening. Unfortunately. To order copies: www. physical comforts. she felt the baby communicate that “she was hanging on. the baby was dead. our sentient spiritual nature and mind-tomind communication was denied or discounted.
Summer 2004. I am never alone. and that they are not alone. Therefore. I believe they do (McCarty. even make jokes about them or talk about our troubles with them. I find babies are like all of us—going through difficulties and potentially traumatic events IN RELATIONSHIP prevents traumatic imprinting.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 15 sensitive to the needs and rhythms of the mother.wondrousbeginnings. When interventions are going to be made. about babies. but they are forming their blueprint for life based on these messages. supporting babies consciously in similar ways is tremendously helpful.g. Because most of us were taught in our Western world that babies were not capable of understanding us. we often talk around babies. my guide in being with babies in and outside the womb is that I consider them fully present and taking in what I am saying.com . 2002a). orienting and talking them through it in a manner similar to how you would interact with the mothers is very therapeutic for babies. I also see the same potential for the positive impact of acting as a doula for the baby by supporting them in the birth process. Many ask if babies actually understand our verbal language. what they are going through.” That is a precious gift. as if they don’t understand. you are helping them build a foundational blueprint for future life challenges. Babies love to know you know how hard they are working. To order copies: www. feeling. things don’t go “perfectly” during the birth. Just as the research demonstrates how beneficial the presence and support of the doula is to mom’s outcome. We now realize they not only are listening. Not only can you prevent potential traumatic imprinting. Original article published in International Doula 12(3).. a belief such as “even when things get tough. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. Many times. e.
The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 16 thinking. Summer 2004. “They don’t know I am a person. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. and they know WE KNOW what sentient beings they are from the beginning of life. My intention in my life is to remember ways of being with babies so babies feel welcomed.com . I know I am. To order copies: www. seen.wondrousbeginnings. I am reminded of Emily’s words. and my intending.” My response is thank you for reminding us of who we are. heard. Original article published in International Doula 12(3). I include them in the conversation and I assume they are affected by what I am saying.
The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 17 Communicating with Babies From the Beginning of Life Three • • • Levels of Communication Communicating TO baby Receiving and perceiving communication FROM baby Mutual communication . body language. prayers • Inspiring us with ideas. Summer 2004. feelings. To order copies: www. and actions • Movement.wondrousbeginnings. eye focus • State of being and where placing attention • Facial expressions and gestures The Mutual Dance • A mutual conversation that can be a all these levels • That sense of connection and rhythm of being in tune with each other Babies love to be a part of the dance. nutritionally o Mental – thoughts. thoughts. both being included by being communicated to and being received and responded to. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. movement. activity level and rhythm of movements • Vocalizations. focus of attention o Emotions and mood • Touch.the dance BETWEEN We communicate to baby through: • Mind-to-mind – inner conversation • Our STATE OF BEING o Stress or relaxed/well-being o Our physical state – health. meditations. (Similar to us adults!) Wendy Anne McCarty. Original article published in International Doula 12(3). Ph.com . eye contact • Verbal language and sound • Choices in environment/people around us • Our actions Babies communicate with us through: • Mind-to-mind communication • Through our dreams. daydreams. voice.D. chemically. gestures.
Original article published in International Doula 12(3). IO: Sunstar Publishing. Reliability of birth memory: observations from mother and child pairs in hypnosis.. Tarcher/Putham. 15(1). Summer 2004. (1997). (2002b). 13(4). (in press). B. Siegel. 8-12.wondrousbeginnings. D. (1996). W.wondrousbeginnings. supporting babies' innate wisdom. 3162. W. 2. A. (2003). Looking back: Personal reflections on the history of our association. 14(1-2). E. (Available through www.com) McCarty. D.com) McCarty. Los Angeles: Jeremy P.com) McCarty. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Inc. 19-30. CA: Wondrous Beginnings. D. The power of beliefs: What babies are teaching us. D. Castellino. (2000). (Available through www. & Hartzell. Inc. Part I: Conception to birth. A. W. (1999). M.com) McCarty W. Keys to healing and preventing foundational trauma: What babies are teaching us. New York: Jeremy P. Selected Further Readings Carmen. Being with babies: What babies are teaching us. B. The stress matrix: Implications for prenatal and birth therapy. 1.wondrousbeginnings. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. & Carmen. Chamberlain. Santa Barbara. (1988).(2000). vol. 14(3) 237-242. Goleta. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. (1999). (Available through www. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. Parenting from the inside out: How a deeper understanding can help you raise children who thrive.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 18 References Chamberlain. A. CA: WB Publishing. A. Being with babies: What babies are teaching us. vol. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. Goleta. J. R. W. N. Bridges– ISSSEEM Magazine. an introduction. M. A. Welcoming consciousness: Supporting babies wholeness from the beginning of life–An integrated model of early development. (Available through www.wondrousbeginnings. Cosmic cradle: Souls waiting in the wings for birth.com . 16(4). CA: Wondrous Beginnings. Fairfield. J. Babies remember birth: And other extraordinary scientific discoveries about the mind and personality of your newborn.wondrousbeginnings. 341-360. (2002a). Chamberlain. Tarcher. McCarty. To order copies: www.
B. Expanding the boundaries of memory.wondrousbeginnings. The vulnerable prenate. Chamberlain. B. Prenatal body language: A new perspective on ourselves. Pre. Chamberlain.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 19 Castellino. Berkeley. The International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Studies. Emerson. The mind of your newborn baby. To order copies: www. Early and very early parenting: New territories. Transpersonal adventures in prenatal and perinatal hypnotherapy. The significance of birth memories. B. 5-18. B. (1997). Chamberlain. (1999a). (Available from BEBA. The International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. Babies don’t feel pain: A century of denial in medicine. 14(1-2). 223-234.com . Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. D. Pre. Original article published in International Doula 12(3). (1994).and Peri-natal Psychology Journal. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. B. (1998a). 85-96. 14(1-2). D. 9-34. The caregiver’s role in birth and newborn and selfattachment needs. (1999c). Santa Barbara. 11-44. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. B. D. Chamberlain. D. Chamberlain. 12(4). (1990). 12(2).and Peri-natal Psychology. W. Summer 2004. Emerson. D. T. (1998). 4(3). (805) 687-2897) Chamberlain. 9(1). 13(3-4). (1997). CA: BEBA. The biopsychosocial transactional model of development: The beginning of the formation of an emergent sense of self in the newborn. Eichhorn. 541-556. 10(1). D. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. 65-84. (1999b). & Verny. Chamberlain. W. (1999d). 161-178. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. R. The sentient prenate: What every parent should know. D. D. Chamberlain. (1998b). Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty. D. (1999). 171-189. R. 51-59. 4(3-4). D. B. R. R. Chamberlain. 13(1). Babies are not what we thought: Call for a new paradigm. B. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. The International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. 145168. CA: North Atlantic Books. Birth trauma: The psychological effects of obstetrical interventions. (1992). 14(1-2). B.
To order copies: www.com . San Jose: Writers Club Press. Treating cesarean birth trauma during infancy and childhood. Summer 2004. New York: Simon & Schuster. (2002). New York: Human Sciences Press.The CALL to Reawaken and Deepen Our Communication With Babies: What Babies Are Teaching Us 20 Emerson. T. W. Prenatal parenting: The complete psychological and spiritual guide to loving your unborn child.: Paulist Press. Copyright 2004 Wendy Anne McCarty.J. McCarty is a frequent presenter at conferences and is a continuing education provider in her specialty. Wirth.wondrousbeginnings. E. Hallett. S. R. Physically transcendent awareness: A comparison of the phenomenology of consciousness before birth and after death. she works with families throughout the prenatal. 16(4). Linn D. Stories of the unborn soul: The mystery and delight of pre-birth communication.and Peri-natal Psychology: An introduction. Inc.) (1987). McCarty is a Prenatal and Perinatal Consultant and Educator. Pre.com Original article published in International Doula 12(3). Dr.. N. Remembering our home: Healing hurts and receiving gifts from conception to birth. Verny. M. Tomorrow’s baby: The art and science of parenting from conception through infancy. please come to: www. She also works with professionals professionally and personally.. She is the Founding Chair and Faculty of the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. (1998). In her private practice. (2001). W. Linn. & Linn. Wade. She can be reached by email: wmccarty@west. (2001). J. New York: HarperCollins.. Verny. Dr. 249-275. F. 15(3). Journal of Near-Death Studies. (1999). Emerson. 177-192. R. and early parenting years.net To order more copies of this and other publications. T. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. R. birth.wondrousbeginnings. Mahwah. (Ed. (2002).
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N. and valued. If I were asked to make a global statement about how we can prevent our babies from having traumatic patterns in their foundational blueprint upon which they build their bodies. Copyright 2002 by Wendy Anne McCarty .issseem. sense of self. touched.wondrousbeginnings.D. Bridges. When we nurture our children in these ways.org) I was deeply moved by the passage: Children never outgrow the need for the nurturing of being seen. 4. womb life and birth as their unique sacred journey into human life. Vol13 (4) Winter 2002. relationships and the world. we can compensate when Original article published in ISSSEEM Magazine Bridges. when we appreciate their conception. Winter 2003. R. and. ATLC This captures so much. Vol 13. character and ability. and valued. I would borrow from this passage and say: We are never too young for the need for the nurturing of being seen. we also heal ourselves. we can compensate for many of our children’s unmet needs. when we treat them with love and respect and include them as whole. To order copies: www. 812. touched. When we honor the wholeness of our children’s spirit and treat them with more love and respect for their unique rhythm. visit their website at www. For more information about ISSSEEM. When I recently read the aTLC Proclamation and Blueprint (atlc. heard.. 2 This article was originally published in the International Society for the Studies of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine’s magazine. heard.org.com . When we honor the wholeness of our baby’s spirit as their body is conceived and as they are nurtured in the womb and birthed.Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty Ph. sentient beings that are learning intensely about life and communicating with us from the beginning.
and that often our prenatal and birth experiences has involved stress and/or trauma that could be addresses as infants. included. What is real? Babies and children have been my most reliable teachers. Their premises and perspective were coming from such a different paradigm that I felt at a loss as to how to interface my academic learning and previous experiences with this new perspective that suggested we were conscious. Wendy Anne McCarty I began my work with families in the 1970’s as an obstetrical nurse and childbirth educator. They have shown me repeatedly the realness of their wholeness from the beginning of life. the goodness.Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty Ph. R. In the 1970’s. heard.N. Copyright 2002 by Wendy Anne McCarty . They have shown me how deeply we want to be acknowledged.D. language. In 1988. we also heal ourselves.com . protected. when “life happens. The schism I experienced has taken me on a path towards integrating these perspectives. and aided in creating our environment to be one in which we can stay oriented. I was fascinated with babies and got my masters in child development. I have found that when we hold the realness and wholeness from the beginning. present and feeling safe–from the beginning of life. I discovered the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and therapeutic work with healing trauma in babies. 3 everything doesn’t go well. aware beings from the beginning. To order copies: www.wondrousbeginnings.. emotional-social development and went on to get a doctorate in counseling psychology. valued. Vol13 (4) Winter 2002. truth and beauty of our baby’s spirit and human self. seen. and learn more of their “language” of communicating earlier experience and Original article published in ISSSEEM Magazine Bridges. I learned about the latest in infant cognitive.” When we nurture the wholeness. I found it both fascinating and disorienting. and then worked with families as a psychotherapist for many years.
when their parents discover they are here. (We also know how the denial. loving. and children show us stories and their responses to what happened to them.) Original article published in ISSSEEM Magazine Bridges. trauma and breaches in trust/relationship from the prenatal and perinatal period often stand in the way of our trusting. or not believing something happened or could be remembered can exponentially complicate and strength the destructive impact of the original trauma. Vol13 (4) Winter 2002. babies.. some event or circumstance of their life in the womb. autonomic nervous system function. I have frequently found that earlier stress. one of the most healing experiences can be to have another person hold presence.N. toddlers.com . immediately afterwards and their first experiences in the outer world. people. These experiences build the infrastructure or foundation of implicit memory. Copyright 2002 by Wendy Anne McCarty . and even sense of self. We know that when a person has experienced something traumatic or disturbing. shaping perception and meaning given to current situations–even as neonates–that is below the level of conscious awareness. or allowing more love in until the earlier wound is acknowledged and resolved. Our earliest experiences are embedded in our being and act as a natural filter of our perceptions and interpretations of situations.Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty Ph.D. We each can do this with our own children and can help families we work with in this way. I’d like to share one way I believe all of us can create moments of potential healing and transformation of foundational trauma. Their stories may be about conception.wondrousbeginnings. and acknowledge what happened and our experience of it. To order copies: www. listen. and the subconscious programming of beliefs. or what happened during their birth. R. discounting. 4 current issues.
Once we become aware. this moment is a gift of a lifetime. a father from Latin America. “You changed my life and the life of my family and I have wanted to thank you for a long time. Some part of us knows. their birth. I have found that when we address a difficult or painful truth about something we now believe could have impacted them during pregnancy and at birth.N. To order copies: www. Sensitively talk with them about seems important to share with them or what you feel would be important for them to hear about concerning what happened to them. to talk with them (at any age) about their conception or when you found you were pregnant. and we genuinely feel and express remorse about the impact this could have had on them. 5 Often our babies have foundational trauma because we haven’t known how conscious and aware. For now. Often we don’t have explicit. conscious memory of our earliest experiences. He approached me at a workshop and said he needed to talk with me.Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty Ph. I’d like to share a story told to me by Luis. The father had not wanted this baby Original article published in ISSSEEM Magazine Bridges. It is important when doing this to take care to create the right environment and time to be with them. Vol13 (4) Winter 2002. “Do you remember years ago telling us a story of your therapy work with babies? You told us of a father who was just realizing that his baby really was conscious even while still inside his wife’s womb. but the impact has shaped us and implicitly pervades our lives.D. I have seen these tender moments of dealing with painful. Luis’ Story.wondrousbeginnings. difficult truths be life changing for both parent and baby or child.” Luis said. Copyright 2002 by Wendy Anne McCarty . how much they could be impacted by what happens so early in the pregnancy and during birth.. R. etc.com . often we have regrets and a sense of remorse of the part we played in it or in not knowing how to protect them from it.
To order copies: www.com .Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty Ph.” Paula. Copyright 2002 by Wendy Anne McCarty . My wife got pregnant and I was silently angry and distant during the whole pregnancy. I was never close to this child and our relationship had always been “tense. he felt the sorrow and spoke deep words of truth. I’m sorry and I now realize what a magnificent being you are. I’ve made a mistake. I went into her bedroom and quietly sat on her bed. “I want to talk to you. R. he had not truly welcomed this baby at birth. I am sorry. I did not always treat you well.” I had absolutely no patience with her and of course.” You recounted that when the father saw the sadness in his baby’s eyes. 6 when he heard his wife was pregnant. I love you now. I didn’t know you felt this. “I’m sorry. I love you Original article published in ISSSEEM Magazine Bridges. now in his arms. I sometimes resented you being here. You are a beautiful boy. At that moment on the plane. You told us that during the therapy. I decided I wanted to talk to her about this. Vol13 (4) Winter 2002.. now five years old. I started thinking and feeling honestly how this story applied to what happened with my fourth child.D. I wasn’t happy about your coming. we were far from being caring and tender with each other.wondrousbeginnings. “I did not want you then. One morning a few days later. Looking him straight in the eyes. There’s nothing wrong with you. even until now. Now I realized you felt my anger and resentment in some way. to tell him gently. I didn’t know you were conscious of this. We had had three girls and they had grown up enough so that we could go skiing and take vacations. listened. “When I got on the plane that night. I’m so grateful you chose this family and chose me to be your father. you suggested that the father talk directly to his baby. Luis said. Paula. what really happened. I love you so much now. I am very sorry.N. about when you arrived in your mother’s tummy. “When you arrived. because I wasn’t ready for a baby then.” the father spoke softly.
“She didn’t say much at the time. Today she is twelve. harmonious pattern and relationship after healing moments life this. when we are there in the moment willing to allow our babies or children to express their unexpressed feelings and responses about a given situation. When conveyed with love.” I was deeply touched by Luis’ willingness to listen. I am so sorry I did not honor you in the way you needed form the beginning. One traditional way of protecting was to not speak about painful things–to keep potentially hurtful things Original article published in ISSSEEM Magazine Bridges. some subtle–that reconstellate into a new more coherent. and my love and caring for my daughter flows with ease and joy.Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty Ph. compassion.D. she changed. One of my foundational beliefs is that TRUTH helps to orient us deeply within our self. it can be the “mother of self-regulation and attachment. but it also had much to do with my understanding that each one of my daughters is a complete human being and needed to be addressed as such from the first day they came. When we consider our own possible impact. and care. the tension between us that had been there from the beginning was replaced with a wonderful relationship.wondrousbeginnings. To order copies: www. tremendous healing is possible. this conversation happened seven years ago..” Luis’s eyes filled with soft tears as he continued. Most of us haven’t known how conscious our babies are from conception on. R.com . Wendy.N.” I have seen many families that have dissonant patterns of interaction–some very obvious. 7 form the bottom of my heart. Vol13 (4) Winter 2002. to learn. After that conversation. to consider the whole new notion of his daughter being conscious from the beginning and to act from his heart to speak to her and love her in this way. I realized it all had an enormous impact in my relationship with Paula. It changed each of them and their relationship. Copyright 2002 by Wendy Anne McCarty . Parents are instinctively protective of their children.
acknowledged and honored–when the children’s responses were respected and appreciated. Copyright 2002 by Wendy Anne McCarty . 8 away from our babies and children. Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology • • How we are conceived. and greeted matters greatly. To order copies: www. aware.wondrousbeginnings. to be able to orient and be supported to deal with and heal painful early experiences. This blueprint becomes the infrastructure from Original article published in ISSSEEM Magazine Bridges.D.N.com . Babies are so willing and able to benefit from this compassion and loving intent to heal and repair. In my work with families.Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty Ph. The list below provides a collection of key concepts which might be helpful to you. carried. negative experiences from the prenatal and birth period are recognized. I have seen many parent-child relationships turn around in moments–like these when potentially traumatizing. On the following page. Vol13 (4) Winter 2002.. I think of a more wholistic protectiveness is for us to protect our babies and children’s right to know the truth. R. We are conscious. We especially did this when we thought they were unable to remember or be impacted by what happened so early on. you will find an abbreviated set of questions that can give you clues to origins of potential stress-trauma-disruptive patterns from the prenatal and perinatal experiences that can easily be included in working with individuals and families. Unfortunately. at birth and during infancy establish a foundational blueprint for life. painful. birthed. we now appreciate how much some part of us already knows the truth and were impacted by what happened. and communicating meaningfully from the beginning of life. • Our earliest experiences in the womb.
choices. emotionally. Trauma occurs when an event propels a person into an overwhelmed state to which they cannot effectively orient. relationally and spiritually.com . Our experience (and imprinting) in moving through these cycles is seen in how we move through cycles (sequences) in our lives–macro and micro. and birth are all foundational cycles–with a beginning and end. stay present. bodies. • Our foundational blueprints are reflected through our lives.wondrousbeginnings. in our perceptions.N. To order copies: www. and in our spirituality. • Even in the womb. feelings. The majority of babies born in the US show signs of stress or traumatic imprinting. When there is stress and/or trauma during these early journeys. • Conception. birth and bonding period. These early experiences become part of our implicit memory and autonomic functioning–below the level of our conscious awareness. conceptions. 9 which we grow and experience life–physically.Keys to Healing and Preventing Foundational Trauma: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty Ph. birth and bonding period is much more common than previously thought. Stressful and traumatic imprinting from the prenatal. • Stress-trauma-shock is on a continuum. work. our cellular functions set “programs” in motion towards growth OR protection. thoughts. Vol13 (4) Winter 2002. Copyright 2002 by Wendy Anne McCarty . • Young babies already portray complex beliefs and shape their behaviors and interactions around them. life in the womb. relationships. beliefs.D. mentally.. and cope effectively. actions. R. • There are many potential causes for stress and trauma imprinting during the prenatal. Original article published in ISSSEEM Magazine Bridges.
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they profoundly impact our ability to be present, connected and moving through our lives whole and joyously. • Earlier stress, trauma and breaches in trust/relationships often stand in the way of our trusting, loving, or allowing more love in until the earlier wound is acknowledged and resolved.
Clinical History-Seven Vital Areas of Early Experience Each of these brings clues to potentially early stress and/or trauma that shape our foundational blueprint. Conception • Describe your parents, their relationship and life circumstances at the time you were conceived. • • Were they trying to have a baby? Where you planned or a surprise? The circumstances/emotional tone of the conception, e.g. passionate conscious lovemaking to get pregnant, one-night stand, angry dominating sex, drugs on board. • Was there medical intervention or third party involvement to bring about conception? Implantation • Was mom smoking, using drugs, drinking alcohol, or taking medications with the first two weeks of pregnancy? • • • What was the mother’s emotional, mental, and physical health like? Was there any evidence of a twin present, any subsequent bleeding? Were there previously unresolved issues involving her womb–sexual abuse, miscarriages, abortions, disappointments? Discovery • • What were your parent’s initial reactions to finding out they were pregnant? Were you planned or a surprise? Wanted or not?
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Were there repercussions, conflicts, shame, or secrets around the pregnancy? Did your parents consider not having or keeping you; was an attempt made to abort the pregnancy?
Pregnancy • Did your mom use drugs, alcohol, smoke, take medications or take over-the counter drugs? If so, when/if during pregnancy did she take/stop taking them. • • • • Amniocentesis? Ultrasounds? Significant events/issues/distress during the pregnancy. Mom’s health and well-being. Implications of this pregnancy, e.g. financial stress; single mom; kept parents together. • How did your mother feel towards the growing baby inside? How much stress did your mom experience during her pregnancy? Birth • • • • • • • • • • • • Were you born early or later than the date you were due? Did the labor start and progress naturally or was labor induced/stimulated? How long was your labor? Born at home or in the hospital? Was your mom given drugs during labor or at birth? Did she have anesthesia? What kind? Were there medical interventions during labor? During birth? Was your birth assisted-forceps, vacuum extraction, C-section? Were there any complications? What stories have you heard about your birth? How much did you weigh? What happened right after you were born? Taken to warmer and examined? Given to mom? Procedures done? • What were the initial reactions and verbal greetings to you?
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Bonding • • • • • • • Were you with your mother or separated during the first hour? When did you get to be with your mother for the first time? Breast-fed or bottle-fed? Did you have bruising or molding of your head? Were you circumcised? Other procedures? How did your parents describe you as a newborn? If born in the hospital, did you stay with your mom or in a nursery? For how many days? Infant • • • Were you the gender your parents wanted? How have your parents/caretakers described you as a baby? Any problems with colic, allergies, sleep, long crying periods, ear infections, difficulty being close, etc.? • What were your parent’s beliefs of how to parent, e.g. let baby cry themselves to sleep, don’t spoil a baby. • • Who cared for you during your first weeks and months of life? Did your mom experience post partum depression? References & Notes 1. W. A. McCarty, Being with Babies: What babies are teaching us, Vol 1 & 2 (Wondrous Beginnings, Goleta, CA, 1996, 1997). 2. W. A. McCarty, The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us, Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health 16 (4), (2002), p. 341-260. To learn more: Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (www.sbgi.edu) Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) (www.birthpsychology.com) Wendy Anne McCarty, Ph.D. (www.wondrousbeginnings.com) Alliance for Transforming the Life of Children (www.aTLC.org)
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research and clinical direction.wondrousbeginnings. This paper is intended as a theoretical and clinical exploration leading to new thought. and to the world as well. a non-profit clinic for therapeutic work with babies and their families. (Clarification added 12/1/04: Consciousness as the organizing principle. To order copies: www. This paper is intended to serve as a theoretical and clinical exploration and points to new arenas of thought. The importance of the practitioner and parent’s beliefs is discussed. Dec. research and clinical This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. yet the way I expressed it in this paper was vague. I have been fascinated with how the blueprint of core beliefs is already actively shaping babies’ lives in terms of their physical structure. Four vignettes from therapeutic work with babies illustrate the powerful impact beliefs already have in shaping their lives. others.D. I want to clarify that I am speaking of the primary consciousness of the person. ABSTRACT: This paper explores the development of beliefs during the prenatal and perinatal period and how babies portray their beliefs. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. she was the co-founder of BEBA.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. Four vignettes from therapeutic work with babies are included to illustrate the power of beliefs in babies’ lives and to highlight basic principles to help babies heal and shift from potentially constrictive beliefs to more life enhancing ones. In addition. The importance of both practitioner and parent’s beliefs is discussed. 2 *This paper is based on a presentation to the 10th International Congress of APPPAH held in San Francisco. Dr. Ph. their relationship to self. Vol 16(4). 2001. Further evolution and articulation of this concept is found in my Welcoming Consciousness book. Correspondence can be sent to: wmccarty@wondrousbeginnings. physiology. Summer 2002. The purpose of this paper is to explore the development of beliefs during the prenatal and perinatal period and how babies portray their beliefs. McCarty would like to thank the families whose stories are included in this paper for their participation and for permission to share their stories. and member of the founding faculty of the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. This paper calls for a paradigm for infant development and communication with babies based on the premise that consciousness is the organizing principle of human experience.com .com. Basic principles to help babies shift potentially constrictive beliefs to more life enhancing ones are included.) INTRODUCTION Since I began working with children and babies within the prenatal and perinatal psychology framework in the 1980s. I was developing this concept at the time of this paper. The vignettes included give babies an opportunity to teach us themselves. She is the founding Chair.
1991). feelings. Beliefs directly impact our mental and physical health (Rossi. 1993). they can even override physical reality (Rossi. 1991). We know that much of our experience is actually filtered out before we even are aware of it. decisions and our actions (Talbot. Beliefs determine what we will become conscious of or perceive. the women should have continued vomiting. Their beliefs overrode the physiological action of the drug. Dr. and other altered states in which the mind creates a reality beyond the physical outer reality (Talbot. but they continue their cascading impact by shaping and directing where we focus our attention. This paper calls for a paradigm for infant development and communication with babies based on the premise that consciousness is the organizing principle of human experience.com . Herbert Benson (1996) in Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief writes of a research study in which women who had persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy were given a drug. Beliefs organize and determine what we make real.wondrousbeginnings. We also know that the brain cannot differentiate between what is experienced as real in the outer world and the imagined inner world. 1996). ABOUT BELIEFS Our beliefs are the foundation of organization of our reality. our motives. thoughts. and the beliefs and expectancies generated by both caregiver and patient sharing similar beliefs and expectancies. 1950). What happened? If physiology had the most power. It is not intended to be a thorough examination of clinical work with babies. This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. In fact. Ph. Benson suggests that many successful outcomes of new medical and pharmaceutical interventions reveal more about the impact of belief than about the usefulness of a specific agent. 1987). Summer 2002. He points to three contributing factors: the belief and expectancy of the patient. To order copies: www. 3 direction. We know that our beliefs not only filter our perceptions of reality (Ornstein and Sobel. attitudes. they direct where we focus our most precious human treasure—our imagination. syrup of ipecac. lucid dreaming. Talbot. 1991. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. They are the raw materials from which our reality is created shaping our expectations of the future.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. Vol 16(4). meditation. choices. They not only shape our perception of ourselves and the world. their vomiting stopped.D. The women were told the drug would cure their problem. We are familiar with this in hypnosis. the belief and expectancy of the caregiver. a substance that causes vomiting (Wolf. 1993. Benson.
We must also deepen our appreciation of the importance of our own beliefs and expectations as practitioners and parents. expanded awareness. 1996.D. I was taught to look at prenates and babies through the eyes of a Newtonian model that focuses on our physically based development and experience. deep creativity. 2000). 1999). We now know that from the onset of brain wave activity and continuing throughout infancy. 1999. Laibow. a cellular biologist. 2001). but that babies are learning and associating with those beliefs when in contact with us. 1994. for it is the perceiver’s beliefs that not only largely determine what is perceived. Summer 2002. We examined what babies were capable of based on their brain and growing body and built our interventions based on these understandings. To order copies: www. Such highvoltage. we must reconsider the magnitude of potential impact the beliefs and expectancies of parents and caregivers on the growing prenate and baby. During my training in obstetrical nursing and infant development during the 1970’s. Vol 16(4). 1991. These early learned perceptions have a profound affect upon the baby’s physiology and behavior and become hard-wired synaptic pathways as core perceptions becoming subconscious beliefs through which all later experience is filtered and organized (Lipton 1998. psi perceptions and abilities and transcendental states of consciousness (Talbot. suggests that beliefs are the determining factor in whether the cellular activity is growth-oriented or protection-oriented. The enormous power of beliefs is becoming evident. slow-wave brain wave patterns are also associated with meditation. conceived and experienced when interacting with babies.wondrousbeginnings. Ph. Dr. MY EVOLVING BELIEFS AND PARADIGM My own perceptions in this arena have evolved over the years. the fact that the brain cannot differentiate between the imagined world and the physical world in these altered states. Robbins. the delta and theta EEG ranges are predominant (Bell & Fox. hyperlearning and hypnotic suggestibility (Laibow. 2000). He proposes that prenates and babies learn at the level of perceptions. When we consider the impact of shared beliefs and expectations between an adult physician and patient. Behaviors that appeared outside a Newtonian-based This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. and realize that babies live in such altered states of deep suggestibility and learning. Wilbur. Wade. 4 New research relating to babies adds to this picture. Bruce Lipton. These states are associated with restorative and regenerative processes.com .The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty.
We are consciousness prior to and beyond our physical body and brain. Ph.wondrousbeginnings. CA. my previously held beliefs and education were inadequate to explain what babies showed me each day.D. I was stunned by this pioneering work of trauma resolution (Emerson. I found a home for them in a synergy of quantum physics. Was I to dismiss a four-year-old boy accurately playing out a scene from when he was five months in the womb because it could not be explained within current models? Was I to dismiss the meaningfulness of a thirteen-month old adopted boy picking a plastic character doll (out of hundreds of toys) that looked eerily like a photo of his birth mom the last day he saw her when he was two weeks old? Was I to disregard a three-month old girl’s portrayal of the patterns. In his presentation there. I now believe that for us to more fully and accurately understand the experience and development of the growing prenate and baby. I was first introduced to prenatal and perinatal psychology at the 1989 Pre.and Perinatal Psychology Conference in Newport Beach. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. To order copies: www.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. These experiences led me to search for a paradigm to hold them.” Although infant development theory and research has advanced greatly. I was too moved by their integrity and purity of expression. and unique progression of her own birth as her parents talk of her birth? I could not dismiss what they were showing me. They were already expressing so much of their earlier experience and learned expectations of the future—if only I could hold the meaning of what they were showing me. and the advent of brain imagery studies has expanded our knowledge immensely in the intricacies of factors in development. 5 paradigm were commonly dismissed as random or lost in the characterization as “Babies just do that. consciousness studies. It doesn’t mean anything.com . When I entered the field of prenatal and perinatal psychotherapy with children and later with babies. we must acknowledge and hold a higher truth. and ultimately in my own spirituality and experience as I reawakened to my own prenatal and birth experiences. movements. the biologically based Newtonian paradigm is still predominant in infant development theory and research today. holographic theory. transpersonal psychology. Every session with children and babies stretched my beliefs about who we are and what is possible. William Emerson (1989a) included videos of his therapeutic work with babies. 1989b) during infancy and began to train with him. I was deeply moved by the baby’s presence and awareness. Summer 2002. This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. Vol 16(4).
Vol 16(4). 1981). Luminaire-Rosen. we are learning about physical life through our experiences in the womb. They certainly are to grow. We have lost touch with life filled with soul and spirit and that conception is first and foremost a sacred initiation into life here. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. we form our personal perceptions and beliefs. To order copies: www.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. I believe there is purpose and meaning in who we choose for our parents. about our own image and about the world. Ph. From the very beginning at conception (and even before). intertwining experience between both the nonphysical realm from which we come and the physical life to which we are being initiated (Carmen & Carman. Out of the infinite possible experiences in human life. We set the filtering devices that will determine what we consciously attend to and perceive. and live more fully the Divine consciousness that we are. merging our consciousness with mother and father’s universes of biology and consciousness. 2000. 1980). we begin to draw the core design of our life focus.wondrousbeginnings. Early experiences in the womb and during infancy appear to be an inseparable. appears a “fatal flaw of the Newtonian scientific approach. enjoy.. consciousness is viewed as primary and thus directs and forms a partnership with our growing biology and human self (Bohm. create. 1996. It would seem to be a beautiful plan to orient to our life in the physical world. it appears that we are “wired” as consciousness coming in to merge with the experiences of our parents and significant others. H. love. Wade. Unfortunately. the timing of our birth.D. we have narrowed our view of who This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. give.” My present cosmology has evolved to view the primary journey as consciousness as the organizing principle of our human experience and journey. and in our early prenatal and birth experiences because all these contribute immensely to the core beliefs and perceptions that begin to give focus to our exploration. all too often we forget that we are primarily consciousness. Wambach. We enter an intense learning period about being human. To separate out consciousness from the human experience in our scientific pursuit to understand human experience and development. 6 Within the quantum physics paradigm. Those may include grappling with certain limiting or destructive beliefs we bring with us to heal and resolve. 1999. I believe our consciousness coming into this life has a unique shape with specific purposes for our life. remember.com . When we look at the states of consciousness and brain wave patterns of prenates and babies during the first eighteen months. learn. Summer 2002. Sadly. resonating and merging with our parent’s living of life and their conscious and unconscious beliefs. 1998.
we can begin working directly with those beliefs creating new possibilities of freedom.wondrousbeginnings. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. When we begin with belief that we are primarily consciousness. Vol 16(4). toxicity. when they move from constricted beliefs into beliefs that allow more freedom and growth. and are part of the very core of being at all levels: they appear as ways of being in the world. Summer 2002. 1998.D. revealed in states of being. nor exist without. postures. we have already abandoned their more real identity as consciousness capable of complex understanding and presence. loneliness. HOW BABIES PORTRAY THEIR BELIEFS Vignettes are useful in that babies are the best teachers to demonstrate the power of beliefs already imprinted. and movement on both micro and macro levels. and that our physical self cannot be separated from. influence. growth and health. already a part of the fabric of being from which they live. These early imprints and ensuing beliefs of human life can become our greatest constrictors—wardens of an inner personal prison—or they can be our greatest liberators. embedded and expressed in body structures. dimming the aliveness we knew outside the physical body (Emerson. In doing so. violence and fear. 1998). 1998). BEBA is a non-profit research clinic that I co-founded with Dr. a connection to our consciousness. They also appear in states of consciousness. emotional tones. Ph. based only on biology. 1996). Beliefs permeate.com . They This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. We also can learn from them as we watch those moments of new possibilities. a whole world of new perceptions of what babies are showing us can unfold.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. These vignettes come from the BEBA video archives. Ray Castellino in 1994 to provide prenatal and birth therapy for babies and their families and to document the work for educational and research purposes. To order copies: www. There is an is-ness to the experience. As we begin perceiving the underlying beliefs that babies are portraying. Remarkably. 7 babies are. 1990) and Wade (1996. Ray and I are the therapists with BEBA families. prenates and babies demonstrate to us that they do understand complex communication and respond meaningfully (Chamberlain. Our personal orientation and welcoming style has often become a school in separation. as described by Chamberlain (1988. In the vignettes described. and intentional actions. focuses of attention. babies show us how beliefs are more than thoughts. physiological processes. In therapeutic work with babies.
Summer 2002. vocalizations. Sills. facial expression. trauma.e.” In contrast. their lead. I now recognize that it is possible because we are communicating at the level of consciousness. Ph. 2000. there are certain principles that are important to articulate here and that are therapeutic when being with babies in any intervention. body movements and gestures. A second principle is to view the baby as the primary focus of and active participant in our interactions (if they want to be). Events and sequencing were compressed and occurred very quickly or intensely. physiological changes. as well as connected to the slower more growth-oriented inner rhythms. We follow the baby’s cues and respond to them. a lot like adults do! PRINCIPLES OF REPATTERNING In the following vignettes.com . Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. 8 taught me continually to stretch my “realm of possibilities” to include a knowing that this level of communication with babies was possible. How do babies communicate? They communicate through eye contact. 2000. 2001).D. This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. 1997). This is an integral part of establishing a therapeutic environment in which the baby’s autonomic nervous system can respond with settling and integration after activation has occurred (Castellino. several repatterning principles are incorporated. Often prenates and babies are “in reaction” to others and their environment or held on the sidelines of the adult conversation as they are “talked about. and their communication. the baby person has experienced some varying degree of disorientation. Usually this means we slow the pace as we sense the pace the baby needs in order to stay present and oriented. The first principle is to find the right pace for the baby. crying and talking. or shock.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. Vol 16(4). we want to support their participation. Emerson. When an earlier experience has involved stress.wondrousbeginnings. Each of the repatterning principles is designed to help babies repattern those earlier experiences by supporting them to orient and to integrate present experience. Levine. overwhelm and inability to cope in the situation (Castellino. 1999.. Although this paper is not intended to be a thorough articulation of possible therapeutic interventions with babies. To order copies: www. changes in where they place their attention and states of consciousness. through more primary changes in structure and rhythms and through energetic and telepathic means—i. breath and heart rates.
and 4 1/2 hours of pushing. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. A fourth principle is to assist the baby to orient with aspects of their experience by pointing out and differentiating. gestural. 9 A third principle is to attend to the baby’s communication (verbal. induction with pitocin. We first met Antara when she was 3 1/2 months old. what they may believe is true in the moment. She did well. I believe love is the greatest healer. and energetic) and attempt to recognize. When she was born. For purposes of clarity. such as. Within the sessions though. was given antibiotics and kept sedated. These principles are incredibly powerful and are recommended as therapeutic guidelines in interacting with prenates and babies in everyday life (See McCarty 1996. we hold more of the complexity of the baby’s prenatal and perinatal history. she was found to have aspirated old meconium and was taken to the NICU for assessment and intervention. they appear to be expressing. I am distilling Antara’s story to highlight our particular focus.com . Ph. but needed oxygen support. We may illuminate and voice what belief they are portraying. rather than the ‘actual circumstances’ in the present moment. or between their own experience and that of their parents. VIGNETTES Antara Antara was born at 42 weeks gestation after over 20 hours of active labor. The fifth principle deals with our intentions and attitudes. Sixth is to hold the vision of them as primary consciousness and that they are communicating with us on many levels and to respect their innate wisdom. somatic.D. the mother was able to be with her in the NICU. She initially looked very wary and frightened as her parents carried her into the therapy room.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. even though it is based on past experience. This is different from treating a baby or conducting some test or procedure on the baby. 1997). After two hours. acknowledge. Vol 16(4). Antara spent five days in NICU. When he came close This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. Ray spent several minutes slowly approaching her as we talked to parents. perceptions or beliefs. We are attempting to bring awareness and support to provide the baby an opportunity of healing. Her birth was finally assisted by vacuum extraction. between then and now. and reflect for them the apparent experience.wondrousbeginnings. Seventh (and perhaps most fundamental) is that we bring our caring compassion for them. Summer 2002. To order copies: www.
Ph. Ray moved a bit and she looked away (another coping strategy). Her behaviors were meaningfully expressing fear and wariness.” She settled again. “Looking at me now. We paused. She was already making much more contact with us. Summer 2002. To order copies: www. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. Antara showed several defensive reactions and signs of disorientation. We were attempting to be quiet with our movements and attention. At another point in the session when she was apparently reaching overwhelm. During the following session. and acknowledged and supported her coping strategies.wondrousbeginnings. We continued to do this type of relating during the session. after asking permission to do so from the parents.” She made eye contact with me.” Her eyes went back to the fabric. She turned her attention to gaze into a design on her mother’s skirt. Antara’s behaviors and responses in the first session taught us a great deal about the beliefs and expectations that were already embedded in her perceptions from her previous experiences of multiple interventions at birth and in the NICU. she was quite verbally expressive. This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. Her system was activated in a fight-flight response. This was undoubtedly significantly different from her earlier experiences of medical intervention. she leaned back. there was a marked change. moving back now. 10 enough. Even at the young age of 3 1/2 months when we first began working with her. able to settle more and have fewer fearful reactions. “Oh. we slowed the pace. her system settled and she could be more present. “Oh. The dance was to gently meet her where she was without expectations and to allow her to feel ‘safe’ in her coping strategies. I said. he gently offered her his hand. She maintained her attention there. “Oh. I see you looking there at mom’s skirt. In our repatterning. I quietly touch the skirt and said. Vol 16(4). Angelika One of Angelika’s unique qualities is that she is quite a talker.D. We were being sensitive to her cues and acknowledging her responses. We supported her choices and boundaries. As we did this. I said.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. her strategy appeared to be to dissociate. looking away.com . made increasing vocalizations that matched her other behaviors showing increased unease and wariness. and I said. pushed her legs out straight ahead of her.” She made eye contact with me and her system quieted. Although she maintained eye contact. acknowledged her responses. her eyes widens in a seemingly shocked expression: her body wobbled. respected her boundaries.
she appeared to have recreated this as Ray was holding her. She appeared to be working really hard to say the words to have us get it. “We’re actually re-simulating that time when you were stuck in there for a long time. “It’s a long time stuck in there. that’s how it feels. the meaning of her pattern began to emerge. During that time. “Yeh.D.” Ray adds. awkward and tight.” This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. She slowly got more activated. She was having wonderful contact with all of us. Summer 2002. Ray continued. I was supporting her feet and Dad was also close by. Angelika would have been feeling the pressure of contractions.” Ray said. She was finally having her ‘side of the experience’ heard. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. Vol 16(4).The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. When we heard her birth history. like in a couch. At one point Ray said. acknowledging. We utilized several repatterning principles. 11 One of the patterns her parents had noticed was that Angelika would find herself stuck. “Yehhh. “Yeh. being with her.” I follow with. Ray said. It is likely that this was very different from her original birth experience.” Mom is looking right at her nodding her head. watching her and listening to her. focus on the mutuality in our communication and the meaningfulness of Angelika’s responses to us. Ok. “It was an awfully awkward tight spot. She would become increasing upset. more arm movements and vocalizations. She and her mom had 36 hours of active first stage labor.” Ray responded with. Ph. listening to her. reflecting her verbally and somatically. The sequence described below begins at this point in the session. “And you can see Mom.” as he gently reflected that prior relationship with the pelvis with his hands touching her head and side of face. and mad. Angelika continued to vocalize more emphatically and at one moment she appeared to say. or she would be in the middle of the room on the floor and act as if she was stuck and couldn’t move. In the sequence described below. “I get it. Angelika had been just “hanging out” with us for several minutes in this corner spot. Mom was kneeling beside her holding her hand and being very present. “And this time she is talking about what it is like and Mom and Dad are listening. We were recognizing. I am going to say it out loud. agitated.com . but no matter what she did. In this first session.wondrousbeginnings. To order copies: www. “ Angelika responded with direct eye contact with Ray and said. “I can’t get out of here. She was lodged in the corner of the couch with nowhere to go. there was nowhere to go because the cervix had not completely opened.” Angelika vocalized and expressed more.
you could move your mad feelings into your feet. Mom opened her mouth in amazement and scooped her up to hug her. “Yehhh. empathizing and repatterning as we journeyed together.” With that. She was telling us her story and we all were listening.” She looked directly at Ray and makes pushing sounds. I can’t get out of here.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. she continued to apparently express this pattern. getting frustrated and mad. What unfolded after this was her expressing “I can do this!” She started mobilizing herself and moving around the room and started having fun in her body as she discovered she could move after all! One of the things we know is that in trauma we can become immobilized.” Ray added. “You know.D. 2001). Angelika continued this pattern.” Ray responded with. “ You were really stuck there. The interaction continued from here. To order copies: www. she pushed her feet into mom and propelled herself forward. Angelika had shifted to having joy and fun experimenting in her body with finding her energy. Vol 16(4). Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. I said.com . This brief vignette portrays the level of communication and the beauty and integrity of mutual communication. “And you were really trying to get through there. Summer 2002. She began really moving her legs and pelvis up and down. there wasn’t pressure. (This sequence of communication can be clearly heard on the audio recording of the presentation this paper is based upon. there wasn’t anything to stop her. “Yeh.wondrousbeginnings. Mom was on the floor with her legs apart. but not moving.” I almost immediately responded with “And you couldn’t figure out how to get through there. finding her fire. awkward and tight.” and again. Ph. I said. This was the moment of new possibilities and a new belief was born. Angelika was really efforting to get words out and we heard what sounds like a somewhat ‘gargled’ sentence: “Yeh. feeling helpless. Now even though there wasn’t a womb. At one point during the session. This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. During that week. Angelika was on the floor on her back with her feet against mom’s thighs and she was again acting very frustrated and mad.” Instantly. During the next session. again and again moving her legs. 12 Angelika said. During a second session. reflecting. she continued to create this position. At that moment. Angelika immediately responded with a rather dramatic movement pressing her head into the tight spot. See McCarty. Mom reported she has repeated this ‘stuck place-no-where-to-go’ behavior with agitation and frustration at home. She has a lot of fire and now she could use it in an empowered way. All three of us were surprised. but she didn’t move forward.
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Lilly Lilly teaches us another aspect of the origins of beliefs. We had been working with Lilly and her parents for sometime and we noticed that when she started to stand up, she had quite a peculiar way of standing up with her legs very far apart and her hips very unstable. It was quite distinct. We assumed it had a meaning and purpose, yet saw no physical reason for it. Where did this pattern come from? We asked her mom, “ What was happening to you when you were ten months old?” Mom related that she was in a body cast and a Stryker frame. Her hips were not fully developed when she was born and she wore a body cast for the first year of her life. It had a bar across to keep her legs stabilized quite far apart. In the frame, she was pulled upright at times and propped up. We saw a relationship between mom’s experience of first standing and her daughter’s. This is an example of a belief that came out of the parent’s experience during the developmental period that the baby was now in. When there is unresolved, charged material in the parent’s psyche and soma, the baby may portray these held beliefs and patterns. The baby resonates with the belief and can carry and incorporate it into his or her experience. Lilly was apparently incorporating part of Mom’s patterning even though she herself was not in a body cast. Lilly’s mom had not consciously worked with what she may have felt or needed during those months she had spent in the cast. In a later session with us, Mom brought in pictures of herself as an infant with the cast on. One poignant moment was when mom was describing the bar across and the position in which the cast held her, Lilly was on her back portraying the precise position. We suggested to Lilly that this was the way mom had to be because of her hips and the cast, differentiating between her mom’s experience and her own. In a following session, Mom chose to go inside and work with her own infant and be the receptive, supportive person there for her younger self. I was basically sitting with her and energetically supporting her as she went into her own inward healing journey. Dad was holding Lilly and Ray was supporting and tracking her energetically. There was a synchronized dance between mother and daughter. As mom went in, Lilly went in. A short time later, the energy in the room shifted as Mom emerged. Mom reported that she had had a new energy that opened and moved through her body, especially her pelvis and legs. She remarked that she felt a significant shift in
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the energy, a healing shift with her young one feeling heard and assisted. As Mom came out of her inner experience, Lilly emerged from hers. As mom was describing her experience, Lilly stood up and moved to mom. Lilly stood next to her mom and clapped her hands smiling. We joined in and then noticed that Lilly was standing with her feet under her hips. The old pattern released and the new one had begun. When we recognize, acknowledge, differentiate, and support the parent to heal their potentially unresolved material, the baby is freed to resonate with more life enhancing beliefs. Sky Sky was a little boy that we began to work with when he was six weeks old. At that point, he had never successfully breastfed. The only way that he would take his mother’s milk is with a syringe next to the mom’s hand dropped into his mouth. Everyone was exhausted. Sky appeared very weary and was not gaining quite enough weight. His history revealed that in the first 75 seconds of his life, he had a multitude of interventions. As his head was born, the physician saw that Sky had a cord around his neck and brought the cord around. His body came out very quickly. He had a considerable amount of meconium on him. The doctor immediately, in a brisk, very no-nonsense way, suctioned him with a bulb syringe. He then quickly cut his cord and handed him to the pediatric staff. They took him to the pediatric bed and opened his airways up by extending his head back to visualize and suction him more deeply for the meconium. His Apgar scores were good, but he was taken to NICU for ‘routine’ procedures. His dad stayed with him. He was reunited with his mom over an hour later. He never successfully breastfed. Those first moments, minutes, and hours after birth are incredible precious and vital for bonding, self-attachment, the establishment of relationship, and successful breastfeeding (Klaus, Kennell, Klaus, 1995; Righard & Alade, 1990). In facilitating therapy with babies, I have come to appreciate much more deeply the power of those first moments in terms of imprinting beliefs and life patterns. During the first BEBA session when Sky was brought to the breast, he had a very distinct movement and activation pattern. When he started to put his mouth around the nipple, his head jerked back four times in a brisk decisive pattern. He then became increasing agitated, upset and escalated to where mom stopped attempting to nurse him.
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The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty, Ph.D.
During the second BEBA session, we explored Sky’s birth story in what I have come to call the “birth review.” An important part of therapy with babies is when the parents begin to tell the story of the baby’s birth. We take a great deal of care to include the baby and to do the review very slowly, carefully tracking the baby’s response. We pause when the baby responds or activates, to acknowledge, reflect, empathize, allow the baby to energetically discharge any shock, help their potency build, and to allow space for their system to settle (Castellino, 2000, Emerson, 1999, Sills, 2001). When enough care is taken to build a supportive environment, the birth review can be a powerful therapeutic process. Sky was very present and quiet with his eyes closed lying on his stomach on Dad’s lap. Mom was on the couch right next to them. Ray was positioned at Sky’s feet with his hand on Sky’s back making contact and tracking Sky energetically. I was sitting close by tracking Sky energetically also. As we ask the parents to talk about the birth, we encourage that slow, quiet sharing in a delicate way to match Sky’s quiet and receptive state. The process took most of an hour as we watched for Sky’s responses to the story being told. At times he responded with sighs, increased respiration, perturbation of his energetic system, mouthing and swallowing movements and sounds and also once, with a smile. When his parents spoke of his cord being cut so quickly, his system released some shock and he aroused with a startle, lifting his head. As we progressed we became aware of his possible beliefs and confusions. In this vignette, a few key moments that illustrate his beliefs and our working with him around these are extrapolated from the birth review. This was a pivotal session in terms of understanding self-attachment, the imprinted disruptions in the process and the vital implications for breastfeeding and relationship problems that could ensue. For an in-depth piece on this that includes a transcription of much more of the session, read Castellino (1997). Dad and Mom were describing when he was suctioned with a bulb syringe first and then again more deeply to remove the meconium from his airway. Dad said, “They were talking among themselves (the medical staff)… “It’s below…’ They were talking about the meconium.” Sky began to breathe faster as his dad spoke. A few moments later Ray said quite slowly, “O.K. This is really important, Sky. The reason why they did that was because they believed that you swallowed or breathed some meconium and they wanted to make sure that was not in your airway
This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal, Vol 16(4), Summer 2002. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. To order copies: www.wondrousbeginnings.com
He began to get upset and activated. This is about feeding from mom’s breast. that you are with Mom and Dad now. Ray responds. It can include good feelings.” A few moments later. nourishing and good to go down. He was reaching out with his hand as intensity of his angst increased and continued.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. We are going real slow and you are included now…that’s what sensations around your mouth and throat meant back then. It can feel really good to have mommy’s milk. his head bobbed back again. And it can bring up some memories. I know it felt like that…It was hard. “And you can tell Sky. A different fluid in your mouth…” A few minutes later Sky slowly opened his eyes and then began to root on his father’s chest. I said. And when you are ready. That’s why they needed to get it out of your mouth. I think there is some confusion about that. No one has to get that out. His cry and expression voiced his angst. “Sky you are here with Mom and not in the hospital. Going into your mouth and down your throat. “Momma’s milk is really nourishing and good. It can feel and mean different things. Vol 16(4). It’s scary. “I’m sorry. It is different now. As he started to put his mouth around the nipple. To order copies: www. It’s okay.” Sky made throat sounds and his breathing sped up.wondrousbeginnings. your milk. Ray said. There are a lot of mixed feelings about coming to the breast. we were going very slowly and appreciating the delicacy of the moment. Summer 2002. His mom picked him up and brought him to the breast. After a few minutes of reflecting and empathizing. It is different. Ph. I know it is scary. When you are ready. you can find that out.” Sky swallows strongly. The meconium wasn’t.” I said.” Mom finally brought him up to be on her chest. I matched his This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. 16 and they did it in a no-nonsense way. but not as strongly as in the first session. “You can suck now. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. “And they didn’t acknowledge your feelings either or treat you like a person.com . Again. I respond with. I know you don’t know until you try. He was both reaching out to his mom with his hand and pulling away from her breast at the same time. I made a more overt intervention.D. “Yeh. connected slow feelings. It is different now. Mom’s milk is safe to go down. you can find out that Mama’s breast is different than back then.” I add. I know you are remembering back then. “That’s right and you can swallow now. Sensations around your mouth can start to feel really different now as you start to heal. Momma’s milk is healthy. secure. They were hard sensations.” Sky swallowed and made mouthing motions. Ray responded.” Mom quietly adds.
D. These stories stand for many others not told. The next day he had been inconsolable and the following day had been “his best day yet. but it brings up so many feelings. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. Although Sky’s first weeks were very difficult. As we watched the sequence of interventions. It is scary.” Sky immediately quieted and settled. it was clear where Sky’s distinct head jerking motion had begun. This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. It became clear that when he started to put the breast in his mouth. They became part of the fabric and meaning of the journey of coming into the world and coming to the breast. If we look at his birth through the eyes of a traditional Newtonian paradigm. To order copies: www. This interaction had been the first sensations and encounter in the outer world and first sensations associated with his mouth and throat. Ph. a new story began to emerge now. Sky shows us a broader impact of early intervention that needs to be addressed. It is so hard. Once we have the conceptions and perceptions to understand the language of beliefs. these perceptions and patterned responses would be activated. The movement matched the energy.wondrousbeginnings. We put that together with the messages and beliefs he was receiving about what fluids mean going into his mouth: “They are unsafe and must not be swallowed. Since then he nursed successfully.” being more content. I can see it brings up that scary place … and you don’t know. raising his head and said “Yeh. The following week the parents reported two days after the session Sky nursed for fifteen minutes for the first time.com . Utilizing the repatterning principles and understanding the power of our beliefs--that Sky’s behavior was based on meaningful beliefs of the world and that we could communicate together at levels of complexity far beyond what traditional models would suggest--Sky was able to move into a more nourishing and happy life based on more life enhancing beliefs. smiling. we can hear the stories babies are telling and respond to them in more healing ways. happier. It was stunning. “I’m going to make a statement for him: I want to nurse so much.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. At some later date. Yet clearly. Vol 16(4). It’s scary to try again and to see if it really is different. we watched Sky’s birth on video. I want to and it is so hard.” Sky. these beliefs.” All these interventions happened just as he arrived. 17 intensity and said.” as he rested his head on mom’s chest. we would focus on the medical interventions done as protocol to prevent infection. Summer 2002. It is so hard. and intensity with which the doctor had suctioned him with the bulb syringe. rhythm.
as well as from environmental factors.wondrousbeginnings. beliefs that will help them experience the joy of living in a friendly. Summer 2002. pregnancy and birth. Era I Medicine focuses on physical medicine and is rooted in the Newtonian paradigm. fear. their present and past. energetic. a synergy of impact. In his book. healthy world. 18 IN CONCLUSION This paper has focused on illuminating the power of beliefs and what babies are teaching us. these influences form a rich constellation. when brought to awareness and worked with directly. we are accessing the very foundation of organization of our reality. as they become embedded in the experiences that form our blueprint for life in the physical world. This era stands on the premise that we are primarily consciousness in human form and calls for the inclusion of a broader spectrum of human experience This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. In working with beliefs. mental. intertwining then with the beliefs already embedded in their genetic material at conception from generations before them. drugs are the means of intervention.D.com .D. Their beliefs come from a whole constellation of influences beginning with their own consciousness and what they bring in. Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty. M. Larry Dossey. thus a mechanical view of the human being. Beliefs also come from their parents—the guardians of their earliest experiences—from their parents’ conscious and unconscious realms. We are able to work directly to recalibrate and reorganize at a primary level affecting us on multiple levels--physical. and energies around them. Era II Medicine includes mind-body and looks at the impact of consciousness within the person on their health and wellbeing. Although these early belief blueprints can become entrenched and continue for a lifetime. and spiritual. We can help babies repattern beliefs of constriction. Babies show us their beliefs all the time because they live in the world of their beliefs. Dossey favors a shift in medicine into what he has described as Era III Medicine. violence and separation into beliefs of connection and growth. Surgery.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. The new field of energy psychology is opening up more ways to directly access and restructure constricting beliefs into more life enhancing ones. To order copies: www. procedures. This paper portrayed one way to work with babies’ beliefs. Ph. During conception. He articulates three eras of medicine. other people. Our earliest experiences lay the belief blueprints of our reality. emotional. calls for an evolution of medicine (1999). Vol 16(4). they are quite changeable.
1989. Jenny Wade (1996) led the way in developmental theory with her groundbreaking transpersonal model of development that incorporates prenatal and perinatal psychology research and perspectives. the sacred journey of consciousness can again take priority and we can create more pathways of exploration of human life filled with deeper connections to the Divine.D. 2001). the pathway to our soul has been etched in sorrow. and spiritual connection (1982. solitude. meditation and prayer in order to re-connect with the Divine. 1993.com .wondrousbeginnings. You just wait and see!” This article was originally published in APPPAH Journal. During the prenatal and infancy period. To order copies: www. the more this synergy of Self in human form can become the beliefs blueprint for life. I call on the many complementary fields dealing with infants and infant development and intervention to incorporate consciousness in their conceptualizations and research. practitioner intention. Often though. Many in our field have carried this torch for years. 1999. to self. The next step in my mind is to translate what this premise means in terms of learning to read babies’ language of beliefs and to relate with them at a whole new depth that accesses not only more of who they are. 19 and therapeutic interventions. The more we can hold this richer perspective for the baby. I believe it is vital for those of us in the healing arts working with prenates and babies to broaden our views of babies and the ways we can help them. babies are beautifully open to learning and connecting at a profound level. Vol 16(4). for me. because of our wounded beginnings. and I acknowledge and am grateful to them. Those early experiences deeply interweave the perspectives of consciousness as they transition to physical life. When we hold this. babies have the potential to develop pathways of growth and loving connection. “And the world would be a better place for you. Dossey has reported extensively on the use of interventions that incorporate transpersonal skills such as intuition. Copyright 2002 Wendy Anne McCarty.The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Teaching Us Wendy Anne McCarty. tragedy. Many of us spend much of our lives seeking to touch that potential again through love. but more of who we are as well. based on the premise that we are primarily consciousness. and loneliness. What pathways do we want babies to have? In those months in the womb and infancy. humanity. As the Beatles sang. Ph. others. and to the earth herself. beauty. distant healing. experiences that intertwine the physical and non-physical realms of experience. Summer 2002.
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