During birth, a baby’s still-developing brain is very vulnerable. New research shows that mothers protect their babies’ brain cells during birth by stopping them from firing, using a hormone called oxytocin.
Childbirth can be a difficult experience, not least for a baby's brainIt is the instinct of every mother to protect their children as they grow up, shielding them from the dangers of the outside world. Right from birth, life can be a difficult experience. Within a few hours, the child is sent from a safe, warm, constantly-nourished cocoon into a bright, noisy and threatening world.
This stressful transition poses a serious threat to the newborn’s vulnerable and still-developing mind. But new research has shown that even in these first vital hours, mothers are already inadvertently protecting their children – by shutting down their brain cells.
thought id share, find some of these sciencey things interesting, seems like oxytocin is a pretty cool hormone
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