Pregnancy, New Moms & Babies
Supporting Optimal Birthing
of Moms and Babies transitioning from Conception,Pregnancy and Birth
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy & Babies
It’s an incredibly respectful and gentle touch based therapy that recognizes the baby as a conscious aware being from the very beginning. It is extremely useful for babies who have experienced a difficult birth as it gently helps them resolve any shock residue from the birth process.
As a healing therapy it works with the energies that create and maintain health in the human system. While not a manipulative therapy, it has its roots in osteopathy and has evolved to include influences from advances in neuroscience, human development, body mapping, pre and perinatal psychology and trauma resolution. Babies respond very well to this gentle therapy.
Jill Stewart, RCST® has been trained to follow the subtle cues from the baby and feel the physiology for areas of restriction, compression and trauma to help release and restore balance to the system. She has completed specialized training with Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, in Craniosacral Therapy for Infant Breastfeeding and Tongue Tie Assessment. These trainings have informed Jill’s practice with a deep awareness of the structures involved in suck, swallow, breath functions of the human body with special understandings of the dynamics of birth, postural alignment, and tension and strain patterns that cause breastfeeding challenges. Jill is passionate about helping babies to have an easier start to their life in this outside world.
I saw Jill during pregnancy and in the early months being postpartum. It was always such a relaxing and healing experience for myself and I believe each of my babies felt the same based on how they would curl up with me and have a little snooze! Always a delight to connect with Jill - she is caring, has a calming presence, and creates a safe space to allow any and all emotions to flow during treatment.
Conditions that benefit from Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy include:
Irregular head shape
Shock/overwhelm or discomfort can result from the following experiences:
Separation from parents
Changing Body & Experience
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) helps a woman’s body adjust to all the shifts and changes happening as the baby is growing. It works with the mom’s physiology to relax, shift and settle for a more comfortable experience. It is also beneficial in supporting the mom as she approaches labour, helping her to connect her with her strength, confidence and vitality, as well as strengthening the bond to her baby.
Prior to getting pregnant BCST can help a woman settle their stress response – their autonomic nervous system. This benefits the baby and mom by relaxing the mom and providing the optimal growing conditions for their new little one. Reducing prenatal stress has been proven to improve baby’s brain development and other gestational and developmental outcomes. When mom is soothed and supported the baby has the ideal space to grow.
Postnatally, BCST supports moms and babies with the recovery from the rigours of childbirth. Babies can experience compressive forces, trauma, and shock that can manifest from the birth experience. BCST helps resolve the physiological forces that show up as strain and tension patterns in the connective tissue. Mom’s body’s have experienced a big change with the birth of their baby, BCST supports this transition helping to heal discomforts after the birth. We work to optimize the health of the baby and the mom by resolving experiences before holding patterns get set in the physical body.