My heart has been wanting to share something that changed the life of everyone in my family. If this makes you think of anyone or ignites something in you please share with all your tribe.
Most of you know that Haven's birth wasn't glamorous but I've never actually shared how he was afterwards.
And cry and cry and freaking cry. Non-stop. Inconsolable, pain-filled crying. If he was awake he was crying. If he was asleep it was one-eye open, super light, exhaustion induced sleep. He fed terribly, like he couldn't latch properly and he was always a light red colour like he had terrible circulation.
As you can imagine, this was incredibly hard for us especially while dealing with the aftermath of the birth. Nevertheless, I knew that babies really only cry if there is something wrong and babies are generally pretty happy most of the time (I know because I've had one before) so I went searching for something, ANYTHING that may help.
We started with the Chiropractor (Baby/Children's Specialised) in town. www.childrenssunshinechiropractic.com.au - We saw Scott. Amazing practitioner.
Scott helped immensely with the movement of Haven's head and neck and after several sessions he was latching better, feeding better and had a lot less pain in his gut. This treatment was heaven sent for these reasons however Haven still cried constantly.
Universe, send me something else.
Two separate friends told me about Craniosacral Therapy and suggested I try it but at the time my mind was too full to listen but the name of it lingered in my head.. and finally one afternoon when I was quickly flicking through a book the first page I came to had CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY written in BIG BOLD letters on the top!
Right O. Now I'm listening universe.
I googled it and in fifteen minutes I had made an appointment with a lady the next day whom lived only a few streets away. I must admit I was skeptical, very skeptical however I fully trusted I was on the right path to finding out what was going on with my darling boy.
The practitioner, Odile Grisel was extremely professional, grounded, intelligent and I instantly trusted in her ability to treat Haven.
The ONE AND ONLY session took one hour, she tuned into Haven's little body and was able to tell me he had an enormous amount of pressure at the base of his skull (probably endured from the birth) which meant he'd spent the last 3 months with a chronic headache and that he had blockages throughout his gut (this probably caused from his position in the womb - bent in half almost due to his size and my tiny tummy). Odile, performed her treatment and if I was best to describe what she did I would say she released the trauma of the birth from his body. The treatment is incredibly gentle, non invasive, no poking or proding and too me it felt like the most powerful therapy I'd witnessed. .
That, honestly was the very last day Haven cried - 'THAT' cry. Yes he cries still now obviously when he's hungry, wet etc but whatever Odile did that day WORKED.
My incredibly unhappy, crying, irritable baby now chatters to himself, plays happily on the floor, giggles, smiles and interacts beautifully with us. TOTALLY. DIFFERENT. BABY.
I too, have been to see her to help with my healing. Words can not describe the shifts that I have had and I have no doubt this will be my go-to therapy in times of crisis in our lives.
Last thing I want to mention is that now I've given brith twice I understand that one, birthing is like a box of chocolates and two, no matter how calm or terrifying or to plan or not to plan birthing is a traumatic experience and I would encourage every baby to see a Craniosacral Therapists in the first few months of their life. I believe this so deeply as i've seen such amazing results.
As I mentioned above we saw Odile Grisel. www.odilegrisel.com.au She is based on the Sunshine Coast. I couldn't recommend her more if I tried but obviously you divine mothers know best so go with your gut.
Having now experienced one 'good' baby and one 'harder' baby I really wanted to share what I experienced with a Chiropractor and a Craniosacral Therapist and HOPE LIKE HELL this lands on the screens of everyone and anyone this information could possibly help. I know there would be too many households out there with distressed parents and babies right now - when there doesn't need to be.
I am happy to answer any questions about this, so if you have any please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Big love. x