Article: Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

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This article, published recently in Scientific American (December 2012), describes fascinating research on how children’s cells actually become a physical part of their mothers’ brains.  

Not only is the information interesting, but I believe that it may be helpful in the visualization of birth.  The research acts as a strong reminder to the pregnant woman that she and her baby are physically part of one another; that her baby is a real part of her own body.  During her pregnancy, a woman may sometimes wonder or feel that her baby is something completely separate from and foreign to her own body, existing as a little entity encased within her and who will need at some point to exit her body.  These thoughts can interrupt the woman’s understanding of how her baby is actually intimately connected to her body (as opposed to just encased within it) and of how this baby will, together with her, be part of the amazing physiological process of birth.  

Meditations on how birth is a process shared between the birthing mother and her baby can greatly help the pregnant woman as she approaches her own labor, and her realization that children are an intricate part of the maternal body and brain is a powerful one.

Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought