Bonding is the intense attachment that develops between parents and their baby. It’s this attachment that drives us to shower our baby with love and affection, and compels us to go to any lengths to protect and care for them. The importance of this bond for the development of your baby is an area that has been well researched by scientists. It is this unique relationship, this bonding-attachment that is a critical factor in the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of your baby.
While most of these studies have examined maternal bonding, recent research has highlighted the importance of paternal bonding as well. Researchers from the University of Newcastle have shown that within hours of birth, babies are primed to react to the father’s voice that they have heard while in utero, and that interactions with their father literally shape the structure of the baby’s brain.
Baby Bonding Ultrasound
Bonding begins to occur long before the birth of your baby. While still developing in the womb, attachment with your baby has started to form. American experts in obstetric medicine have studied the role that ultrasound plays in Maternal-fetal attachment. They founded that extended sonographic imaging focused on increasing maternal interaction with the fetus can help the bonding process. This type of bonding ultrasound consultation was shown to increase the feelings of attachment by 20% and reduce anxiety levels by about 30%.
Mothers have a natural advantage when it comes to bonding. This is in part due to hormonal factors and the fact that they carry their baby in utero for 9 months. Fathers however can often feel disassociated from the baby until after birth. Baby Bonding Ultrasound has also been shown to help increase the level of attachment that fathers have with their baby while they are still in the womb.
Baby Bonding Ultrasound allows you to see your baby yawning, stretching, or even sucking his or her thumb, and lets you observe your baby reacting to your touch, the sound of your voice, or response to music. This experience can be captured and recorded in 4D ‘real-time’ and in beautiful 3D still images in order to provide parents with personalised keepsakes.
Currently in Australia, Medicare only provides diagnostic obstetric ultrasound as part of the reimbursement schedule. While this remains an essential procedure to assess the health of your baby, it is limited in the amount of time that can be spent on parental interaction and bonding. Dr Jim Ferry (Head of Obstetrics at The Mater Hospital and private practice in Manly) says
“Although there are excellent ultrasound facilities with 3D/4D images in Manly, Dee Why and throughout the peninsula, their focus is quite rightly on the serious business of ensuring all of the organs of the baby are normal. The technicians are happy to share the joy of parents but can be constrained by necessary stringent technical scan requirements”.
Overseas there has been an increased focus on Baby Bonding Ultrasound and recently in Sydney clinics have opened that offer this type of ultrasound consultation. Mobile Ultrasound Companies are another option. This provides parents with a Baby Bonding Ultrasound experience in the comfort of their own home. This gives the opportunity to have an intimate consultation or the chance for parents to involve their other children or to invite close friends and family to share in the experience. “The bonding aspect provided by services offered by companies such as Womb with a View requires patience and time and cannot be underestimated in the role they play in the development of the closeness and attachment of the parents to the baby.” (Dr Jim Ferry)
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