My body does not forget

By Esther Ramírez Matos, perinatal psychologist and family therapist My body spoke to me again, last night while I was calmly reading a novel about maternity. As a traumatic birth was described, after which mother and infant were separated, I felt an intense pain in my pelvic area; I had not been so uncomfortable in…

Babies protected from effects of intimate partner violence during pregnancy… by breastfeeding

Study suggests that exclusive breastfeeding diffuses the intergenerational transmission of risk for infants born to mothers exposed to intimate partner violence.  Women in this situation during pregnancy would benefit not only from psychosocial support, but also from specific breastfeeding support, as this can have major personal and public health benefits. A study from Nôtre Dame…

They could not live without the love

  During the 19th century, more than half of all infants who were left in orphanages died during their first year of lifefrom a condition then called marasmus, a word derived from Greek, meaning consumption. This illness was also known as infantile weakness or atrophy. As late as 1920´s, the death rate of infants of…