Emma very kindly consented to be filmed for footage of the DVD's Jill produced in 2011: "Hold Your Prem" and "Grow Your Baby's Brain". This series of photos are from the theatre / operating room only ... see more in the films!

 Below you will see father being a comfort to mother in the operating room, first just before the spinal, and then while this is taking effect. You will see Jill also, providing kangaroula support, both mother and father need comfort and ressurance at times !!

             Father supporting   waiting for spinal    Kangaroula support 

 In the film you will see Jaimie on mother straight after delivery, and after a while we have moved him to father's chest (see details in Justin's story)

Something very interesting happens here: the baby starts doing almost all the behaviors that have been described during self-attachment, but is feeling safe enough to do them on father!

In the first two photos fingers are splaying and exploring, and then the mouth opens.

   birth behavior dad touching    birth behavior mouth open
                            birth behavior hand search    birth behavior hand fisting    birth behavior mouth open
 birth behavior thumb in mouth            birth behavior pausing  

 Then the hand explores the chest, and we see "mouth pouting". In the photo above the mouth opens and tongue sticks out. Far left thumb is in the mouth, and then there is a rest period. All of these steps have been described as part of self-attachment.

 

 

 emma smiling on table    father comforting    mother comforted

 Meanwhile the caesarean is being completed, and Emma is happy to see Jaimie with father. But when there is some discomfort, a comforting hand provides relief.


   baby continues on mother    baby works on breast

After about 30 minutes, in the recovery room, Jaimie is gently transferred to mother's chest, where he gently rouses, and continues the self-attachment behaviour, (see more in the film.)

Emma's Jaimie one year