Perception After Birth

After welcoming over 4,000 babies into the world as an OB-GYN (resume), I have learned a thing or two about newborns’ perceptions and needs.

The idea of the M.O.M.E.MAT ™
came from my observations as to how babies react to their new environment
and my desire to make it the best experience possible for them. 

Here we explain the perception changes after birth.
we discuss the perception of a fetus in the womb, and what calms down a baby.

          The Perception After Birth

Birth is accompanied by a multitude of perceptions for newborns to experience and become accustomed to. New perceptions, such as gravity, light, and smell become a reality. Taste becomes variable and intermittent, and hunger becomes apparent.
Other perceptions, which the newborn had experienced as a fetus in the womb, are now much different. Perception of external sounds, for example, is much different when received through an air filled ear.

The maternal sounds, except her voice, totally disappear after birth,
as do the motion due to maternal movements, respiration and the impulses of her blood flow

After birth, space becomes unlimited and mobility is restricted only by the full weight perception, clothing and the newborn’s surroundings.
The Perception After Cesarean Section

Babies born by cesarean section exit the womb without potentially suffering from squeezing and twisting through the birth canal.
In counter part, however, they are always abruptly deprived of oxygen by the cut of the umbilical cord. Waiting for their circulation to switch from the placenta to the lungs before cutting the umbilical cord, as recommended during the natural vaginal birth, is impossible in cesarean section.
As a consequence of this unavoidable situation in a cesarean section, the newborn is subject to the same suffocation that occurs when the umbilical cord is clamped prematurely in vaginal delivery. Only the potential effect of suffocation is much worse in cesarean section because the suffocated newborn is under the influence of the medication administered to the mother, which reduces the capacity to respond to oxygen deprivation by starting to use the lungs.  Anesthesiologists know very well that they may have a hard time with the newborn.
Unfortunately also, the bonding between mother and newborn at birth is delayed after a cesarean section because the newborn is sedated and the mother is unavailable.
The delay of the neonatal bonding is alleviated by the use of a M.O.M.E.MAT ™ in the newborn infant crib
until the real mother becomes available.

The Perception After  Premature Birth

The condition of a premature baby is much worse than the condition of a baby born by cesarean section. 
Like the baby born by cesarean section, the premature infant also is deprived from the immediate bonding with his mother. Worse than for a cesarean newborn, the premature infant has not been sedated and has to endure the deprivation with all his senses in alert mode.
 Premature babies are also exposed to a lot more medical intervention.
Worse of all is the fact that premature newborns are routinely maintained in the solitary confinement of their incubator. Considering the effect of solitary confinement on an adult and in particular the reduction of brain activity it entails, one should not be surprised that infants born prematurely have a higher rate of developmental delay and of learning disability.
All of this occurs to a baby that has entered our world immature and
without the assistance and relief of her/his caring mother,

With its programmable motion and sounds capacity,
a M.O.M.E.MAT ™ in the incubator alleviates the negative effects of isolation

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Copyright 2010: Edmond Devroey, MD