Positive / Secure Attachment: Bonding
What does 'secure attachment' mean? The psychologist John Bowlby was the first to coin the phrase 'attachment' as
"lasting psychological connectedness between human beings" (Bowlby, 1969).
He pioneered research in this field and believed that the earliest bonds formed by babies with their caregivers had lasting affects with regard to feeling secure in self and in relationships with others.
It begins in the Womb
Since then much work has been done in the field and it is commonly understood that forming secure attachments (also known as bonding) begins early in the womb environment and is reinforced by the birth experience and the first moments after birth, and then needs constant reinforcement throughout babyhood and childhood.
The work of Babies Know and Dr. Ray Castellino educates and informs parents to be about the latest research in attachment theory, combining a multi-disciplinary approach including neuro science, epigenetics (the study of genes and what controls them) and psychology.
What we do here is explain how to create the space for secure attachment: prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, after birth and beyond.
Feelings & Body Chemistry
First, it's vital to understand how thoughts, feelings and body chemistry relate to each other.
You may already know that the hormone Oxytocin is known as 'the love hormone' and its production is vital for many things including the capacity to love, successful breast feeding, feelings of wellbeing and safety in the world - and much more.
The research work of Kerstin Uvnas Möberg in Switzerland is shedding more and more light on the complex workings of this hormone and why synthetic Oxytocin (Syntocin) does not quite mimic in fullness the natural production of this hormone. Her book, 'The Oxytocin Factor' is highly recommended if you would like to know more on the subject.