Guest blogger Jessica Katz: When my daughter was born, she came by C-section. This was after 29 hours of
labor and two epidurals. I tried to have a vaginal birth, but I was never, ever able to dilate past eight centimeters, and time was running out. So my birth plan was derailed, but
I had a healthy daughter.
Then someone told me that my daughter may need to see
a cranial-sacral specialist because of the C-section. Why?, I wondered. Turns out, there's a theory that since babies born through C-section do not pass through the vaginal
canal, they have pent-up energy and stress
that was never released
Is this true?
Experts say that birth is one of the most dramatic experiences of our
lives. The experience influences how each of us views the world. It shapes our
personalities and our responses to the environment and with other people. Birth
trauma is defined as "a mechanical force or psychological injury that happens
near or at the time of delivery." There are many signs and symptoms of birth
trauma, including hypersensitivity (to sound, movement, diaper changes, etc.), poor sleep, irritability, poor feeding, stiffness and lethargy/low energy or (at the other extreme) hyperexcitability.
vaginal birth, the bones of the head go through normal compression/decompression
while exiting the birth canal. The compression and decompression prepare the
baby for atmospheric changes from a fluid-based environment to an air-based one.
When a baby is delivered by C-section, this process is eliminated, and restrictions
in the skull can occur.
Babies are subjected to compressive forces during their passage through the birth canal, which can cause trauma in the tissues. In
order to function fully, the compressive forces benefit from relaxing and
releasing. Tension and stuck spots can cause restrictions and imbalances in a baby's system, potentially giving rise to issues such as colic, sucking
problems and respiratory difficulties.
Did my baby have pent-up stress
and tension because she was yanked from my belly instead of going through the vaginal birthing process? I did not notice anything too
strange, except that she was born with her days and nights confused ....
According to research, cranial-sacral therapy (CST) can help ease the trauma from
birth. CST can minimize or eliminate the effects of the delivery process by
gently facilitating the natural healing mechanism already present in every baby. This touch therapy promotes the
ultimate relaxation within your baby's body, which facilitates the natural
healing process. Babies often have some area of tightness or compression that
causes undue tension or stress
on the nerves. The tight
or compressed areas are very gently softened, enabling your baby to let
go of this stress
My daughter never received CST, because I never noticed any symptoms that worried me. Coming into the world seems like a very stressful
event however it happens. I can't imagine how it must
feel to be yanked out of a safe womb into this world. So I am open to all
theories. Even this one.