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To Heal My Injured Baby-Self (or To Soothe Infant Trauma)

In meditation

eyes closed

I check in with my body:

familiar tension,

arm pressed to side

where incision cut at 26 days.

Breath held.

Oh little baby,

I say to myself

aware of her suffering.

In my mind’s eye

I place my fingertips gently on my baby-throat      

where the intubation tube choked,

touch my tiny nose into which the NG tube was fed,

touch my incision, raw and red,

lay my hand gently on baby-belly

whispering, All ok now.

Breath finds belly,

rises to meet my warm hand.

Sweet release, relief–

my body shaking with tears.

10 Things to Remember about Preverbal Infant Trauma

Preverbal infant trauma is trauma that occurs before a baby knows language and uses words to communicate. In America before 1987, surgery and invasive medical procedures on infants were often done without anesthesia. Sexual assault and complications at birth are two other examples of infant trauma. There are many others, for example, abandonment and starvation.… Continue Reading

Why Should We Care about Preverbal Infant Trauma?

This is the title of the speech that I gave at my Toastmasters Club last week.  To satisfy the guidelines of the Toastmasters assignment, my talk could only take five to seven minutes. Here it is in a longer form. I hope to convince you that we as a society should care about preverbal infant… Continue Reading

Thank You, Dr. Louis Tinnin–Pioneer in Treating Infant Trauma

Dr. Louis Watson Tinnin, a man who has been a friend to all those who suffer trauma, especially preverbal infant trauma, died back in February, 2014. I was shocked that I hadn’t heard about his passing until last week and recently had wondered why I hadn’t received posts from his blog for quite some… Continue Reading

Can We Free Ourselves from PTS Prison?

Talking with folks about PTS, those who have it and those who don’t, I get the feeling that, in general, people believe that those with PTSD will just have to live with it the rest of their lives. Or, folks are a tiny bit hopeful that they or someone can change but don’t really believe… Continue Reading