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Childhood trauma and its consequences
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:01 pm 
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Sweden is finally going to recognize one traumatic aspect of birth: the premature cutting of the umbilical cord. The usual procedure is to cut off the cord immediately to avoid that the baby receives too much blood, which can result in Jaundice. New guidelines are going to be implemented after doctors and midwives explained the benefits with extra blood and to wait a few extra minutes before cutting the cord. Besides getting better iron values, the baby also receives important stem cells, which can prevent disease later in life, they pointed out

This also illustrates that the medical people still see a baby as a body of chemistry. The emotional aspects of a traumatic birth are not being recognized. Cutting off the umbilical cord too soon and the baby experience a shortage of blood and oxygen in which it will struggle to survive as it feel it suffocates. Not a very good beginning to start your life with.

But at least this is a step in the right direction. Lets hope more countries will follow.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:18 am 
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A woman in Dublin, Shonagh Strachan, wrote an interesting and gripping story called Industrial Birth, which recently was published by http://www.Adbusters.org


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