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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