Babies adapt to the environment after birth in different ways. In the last months of mother’s pregnancy they have been held securely in flexible but containing walls. Baby has been in relative darkness and warmth, listening to the regular constant beating of their mother’s heart. They have felt a rhythmic and gentle movement with the quite tones of their mother’s voice.
The birthing process is a dramatic and overwhelming experience that results in all that was familiar being replaced by brightness, noise, separation, sudden stillness and rapid movement.
The benefits of carrying your baby are demonstrated by allowing the parent to keep the baby on their chest, contained with soft supportive fabric. Babies calm when placed on mum’s chest, feeling her warmth and the muffled sound of her heartbeat and the rise and fall of her breathing.