“For most of our existence, the fetus has not been exposed to too much noise, to pollutants. These are called teratogens. It’s really in the last century that we’ve seen a dramatic change in the internal environment of the fetus’ womb... We know that pollutants are entering into, crossing into what’s called the blood-brain barrier and changing the internal milieu. If there are toxins in the environment, then they can, in fact, and do, in fact, influence prenatal environment. But it’s not just that... we know that stress can also influence, strongly influence, the development of the fetus. So if the caregiver is highly stressed, this can in fact have a profound effect on fetal development.... well, what happens after birth? Well, it’s the same point. Because now, not only do we have to factor in all kids of environmental stresses that the dyad (the connection of the mom and baby through the inter brain) is exposed to - that fundamental unit - but we also have all these incredibly important social changes that are occurring.”
Dr Stuart Shanker, Self-Reg Part 2 (my second course in self-reg). We could not agree more and we are seeing the effects of this increased stress when working with babies and sleep. This is something that we take into account when making changes around sleep with families. It has a HUGE impact on Baby Sleep and we are always looking for the ROOT CAUSE of night wakings!
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