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7 April 2013
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Interview with Maria João Pratt of O nosso gravidez (Our pregnancy) and O nosso bebé (Our baby) magazines

Karlton Terry (next to the baby) started a training in Portugal this weekend.

American helps babies to overcome birth trauma
Therapy. Expert is in Portugal to teach how to treat babies who don’t sleep or have colic due to bad experience at birth.

Ana Bela Ferreira – Diário de Notícias [Daily News], 7 de Abril de 2013
The childbirth pain that women feel is commonly known as the most intense one that you can feel. But the mother isn’t the only one who goes through this experience, alerts Karlton Terry, a north-american expert, who reminds that babies also suffer during birth. A pain that turns out to be expressed through continuous crying, sleeping, communicating or crawling difficulties, and by constant colics. This is the way that babies have to "tell their story" to their parents, so they can overcome the "birth trauma," explains the pre and perinatal education expert, who is in Portugal for the first time, to facilitate a training in Baby Therapy.

"A baby who cries all the time, can’t sleep or is too tense is a baby who needs help," explains Karlton Terry to the DN, during the presentation of the training, in Lisbon.

To overcome the trauma it is essential "to listen the story that babies want to tell us" and, to be able to interpret the story. The co-founder of the Institute for Pre and Perinatal Education in Denver, Colorado, USA, who also works in Germany and Netherlands, will be in Portugal teaching a training that begins next fall and ends in the spring of 2016.

The experience, which came to our country by the hand of the partnership between AlmaSoma and ConVidaNascer, is intended for professionals who work with infants (therapists, pediatricians, midwives and psychologists). The training consists of six modules, each one of four days, which will take place in the fall and spring of each year. It has a total cost of 2,400 euros for the three years.

"This training teaches students to understand the body language of the baby. When we understand the body language of the baby, we realize that they constantly talk about their prenatal and birth experiences, often asking for our help to solve the problems that come from the first moments of their development," points out Karlton Terry.

According to the expert, in this therapy the essential for parents "is to listen what the baby has to say, because sharing, love and empathy heals." He further states that his technique "achieved healing rates of babies with colic of almost 100%." "By overcoming the trauma of birth, babies are helped to focus on other more positive things and ultimately become more confident individuals."

And despite that the birth moment is painful for all babies, the relationship of empathy that is created between the parents and the baby during the pregnancy and birth is crucial to recover from this suffering.

When this doesn’t happen, the more likely it is that babies need therapy. "If I could, I would help all babies, but we have to focus the attention on those who are very apathetic or who don’t stop crying for no apparent reason. These are the ones that need more help." A work that should start to be done between two and six months of life.



> For the therapist the best way to get the baby to overcome birth trauma, is by making him/her feel wanted and accompanied by his/hers parents during pregnancy, valuing communication.


> The bond between mother and child at the time that follows childbirth is very important for the baby to overcome the pain and difficulties that he has just lived, points out Karlton Terry. "It is important that the baby is in contact with the mother immediately after birth and that there is a relationship of empathy created between them."


> Parents should be comprehensive with their baby, even when he/she cries at night just to "tell" his/hers traumatic history of childbirth, says Karlton Terry.

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