What do we really know about babies? Surely there are many experts and theories but no one has ever taken the time to corroborate with the babies if they agree. Some of the theories seem counter intuitive. Perhaps it’s time to get out our own heads and have an experience. Watch for how we feel in the presence of the baby. Let the little one guide us to parenting and even humanity. To begin with let’s consider this dialogue…
This is the opening page of Dr Leboyer’s book Birth Without Violence. Published in 1974, this book challenged us to review how we looked at birth. And poses a fundamental question
“People say all kinds of stupid things. But do you really believe that babies feel nothing at all while they’re being born?”
It is really important that we take time to explore this question since what we believe about babies influences how we view and care for them.