brain stem


a: Brain stem ~
b: a hidden conductor

What: "Your brain stem is located deep inside the brain surrounded by the neo-cortex and limbic system. The brain stem is like a hidden conductor of the great symphony that makes up the intricate systems of your body. Without any conscious direction from you, it sends out messages to the body, telling your heart how fast to beat, commanding your white blood cells to spring into action, directing your digestive system to go to work. The role of the brain stem is essentially to maintain your state of equilibrium in the face of stress. "

Writer: Wendy Hall
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Jan 24 2014 8:37 PM

a: The brain stem ~
b: the metronome for the baby’s arousal level

What: " Even in the womb, the fetal brainis wiring up to the experience of the mother. The brain stem is like the metronome for the baby's arousal level. If there is danger, regular high levels of stress, or drugs that elevate the mother's heart rate, the fetal nervous system starts out as "tuned up" and may yield a difficult-to-soothe infant. Onthe other hand, if the mother is calm and regulated, well cared for and experiencing few major stressors, the baby's brain stem begins to regulate as mom regulates."

Writer: Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D
Date: Jan 24 2014 8:34 PM

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