The Golden Hour

Updated: Jul 16, 2019

If you’ve been following me, you know I’m passionate about working with moms and babies.

What I’ve found with the majority of my adult clients (dare I say, all…) is that their fetal, birth, and early years of life have a great impact on their lives today.

Be it physical or emotional, and often in combination.

We tend to not give a second thought to a newborn’s experience.

The harsh lights, temperature, and noise.

The incredible visceral journey they’ve been on.

The possible and very real effects on their tiny bodies from a slow or really quick birth, or from more serious complications.

The effect from delivery assistance (forceps, suction, manual turning, pitocin, epidural, c-section, to name a few possibilities).

And just being carried in a small confining space for 9 months can have lasting physical effects.

What could the effects look like?

For newborns and young babies this can look like colic (which is unexplained sustained crying) or a very fussy baby who’s challenging to calm down.

It can be difficulty nursing, latching correctly and extracting milk efficiently.

It could also be structural issues such as torticollis (where one side of the neck seems shorter than the other), a preference for one side over the other, and these days we also see lots of misshapen heads which could be a by product of these structural issues.

These challenging effects can create strain in the body causing discomfort and even severe pain. A “colicy” baby can just be a baby in pain. But most providers are not aware of this or the fact that it’s treatable.

Additionally, having a colicy baby can create severe tension between parents who are left frazzled and often disturbed by their little being’s suffering.

That is why I need your help to spread the word!

Believe me, the parents who get this information will cherish you for life!

What if we can prevent all of this suffering? For babies AND parents??

I’m here to tell you - we can.

All that’s required is to get to baby within the first hour of life.

During this window of time we can do the most effective work to, quite literally, undo the strain that was created during fetal life, labor and delivery.

There’s a term for that time in trauma medicine. It’s called the “Golden Hour”.

What I love to do is physically work on the baby within that hour (or as close to it as possible) so we can ensure the best possible start for the little one’s life.

What you can do, if you are about to have a baby or know someone who is, is connect them with a provider, me or someone like me, so we can set up a plan before the birth.

With my clients, we work together to make the delivery as smooth as possible, and then most importantly help the newborn let go of the tensions and traumas that come with transitioning into life outside the womb.

It’s a beautiful process to watch a new mom and new baby start their journey with as little discomfort as possible.

What could this look like later in life if untreated?

- Recurring ear aches

- Allergies

- Asthma

- Speech difficulties

- Hyperactivity

- Learning disorders

- Migraines

- Etc.

Whether or not you know much about your own birth, how would your life be different today if all the strain and trauma you experienced around birth was undone?

All my clients, babies or not, are experiencing this transformation and relief in every single one of our sessions.

If this has stirred something in you, listen to that signal. That’s your body telling you this type of work could be just the thing you need.

I gently, and decisively, urge you to get started.

It’s easy. First step, let’s talk.

Scenes from the first hours after the birth of my daughter!

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As a result of pandemic regulations my office is indefinitely closed. I do offer remote sessions in small windows of time while my 2 young kids are home.

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