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Rescuing hug

Nonverbal communication accompanies us from the very beginning. It does not start in the moment of birth. It is some kind of subtile, on-going, very sensibel and convincing interchange between mother and (unborn) child. Sceíentific research proofs this as an overall phenomena in all cultures. It is something which mirrors an important nature of humans. Here is one very interesting example for this.

The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Apparently each were in their respective incubators and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two, threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby’s heart stabilized and temperature rose to normal.

Scientific research proofs the overal benefit of this kind of bonding, that means the deep influence which direct body contact has on man. One researcher, Mary Whalen, reports the following benefits:

  • Decreased number of apnea problems
  • Improved blood-oxygen levels
  • Increased weight gain
  • Better feeding
  • Greater temperature regulation
  • Decreased agitation
  • Decreased length of hospital stays and likelihood of re-admission

So just have a look if you want to get to know more about.

http://www.planetdeb.net/spirit/rescue.htm

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/hug.asp

http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2011/05/the-rescuing-hug/

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