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I’ve shared previously about the numerous issues we had with Hannah post placement. In fact, both my girls showed varying degrees of post placement stress & trauma, which is common in babies placed for adoption. In both their cases, skin to skin, touching, cuddling and allowing them to grieve while holding them, was an important part of their healing process.

I’ve blogged previously abut our visits to the OT with Hannah when she was just a few months old, you can read a few of them here:

Grumpy, bad tempered or sensory issues?

Our appointment with an occupational therapist.

Our follow up with the OT.

The Wilbarger brushing and joint compression worked wonders in soothing and calming Hannah as she was in a perpetual state of anxiety post placement. As a trained beauty therapist, with a specialty in aromatherapy, massage and reflexology, I already knew the benefits of touch and massage and gentle pressure and so I began to incorporate this into Hannah’s routine as much as possible. Whenever we’d do joint compression or after I’d finished brushing her, which initially upset her even further, I would use the techniques I’d learned to massage her feet, her hands and gently around her neck. I practiced this daily on her, during bath time and after her bath before dressing her, I’d massage her with Johnson’s Baby Betime Oil and literally within a matter of weeks we started to notice a change in her behavior, she also seemed a lot less stressed and anxious.  Fast forward a couple of years and she has blossomed into a rambunctious little girl but she still loves those moments of touching and gentle massage every night before she goes to bed.

There is no denying that the power of touch can enhance how a baby grows and develops, but watch this amazing video of how the power of touch literally brought baby Jamie back to life. Warning – get the tissues ready!

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