Bonding is the period where an emotional
tie between parent and infant is present. The bonding
process actually begins before birth, when the parent(s)
becomes aware of the growing child and a relationship
can begin. In some cultures the dad, as well as the
mom, will spend time acknowledging the connection they
have, expressing the tangible attachment and building
the relationship they have as a family.
Bonding is both symbolic and psychological carrying
mystique and power as well as physiological growth and
emotional healing. A newborn infant sees, hears and
moves in rhythm to his mother's voice in the first minutes
and hours of life. This synchronized “dance”
shows the physical and emotional significance of bonding
after birth. Positive mental aspects of bonding reflect
as a lower percentage of postpartum depression and baby
blues in new moms and a greater strength in couple relationships
resulting in a lower divorce or abuse rate.
For the baby, bonding begins the process of trust and
communication. Bonding teaches a child that he or she
is loved and wanted. It instills self-awareness as well
Bonding with the primary caregiver is crucial for the
baby's survival and development, which includes protecting
the baby from danger, and providing feedings and changings
during irregular hours.
The time after birth spent touching and gazing into
the eyes of a new baby is profound for both the baby
and the parents, but many institutions do not allow
its practice due to inconvenience.
There is a critical, sensitive period
just after the birth that many doctors and physiologists
are just beginning to realize. Ethologists (ethology
is the scientific study of animal behavior) have expressed
this critical period in animals for half a century.
French legislators had even proposed a
law to protect human and canine populations against
aggressive dogs by forbidding the trade of dogs before
the age of 7 weeks. This is based on the knowledge that
early separation from the mother tends to make certain
breeds dangerously aggressive. There is a "sensitive
period" immediately after birth, where there are
unusually high levels of endorphins present in mothers
Researchers have suggested that many of
these hormones are significant in the bonding process.
This shows a biological need and place for bonding after
birth, especially between month and infant. Physical
changes, reflecting this biological need, include the
warming of a mother’s chest, the ability of a
newborn to crawl to his or her mother’s nipple,
and decreased crying when an infant touches the mother’s
It is also important that a "strong
and specific bond" forms, so that the mother is
motivated to provide the high level of care needed by
the helpless infant. This is imperative where levels
of care and health management are low. Across history
in most parts of the world, mothers and infants have
stayed together after birth.
The "bonding period" is a universal
practice throughout time.
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Jill Diana Chasse, CHt, MPA
Pregnancy and Family Counseling
Perinatal Mental Health
New York, Washington, DC
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Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.
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Jill Diana Chasse, author of Baby Magic,
is a pregnancy counselor and perinatal development consultant.
She has been working in the field of maternal/child
wellness for over 15 years. She holds a Master's of
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Mrs. Chasse includes both clinical and spiritual aspects
of growing and nurturing a womb baby in her counseling
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