“What difference could it make to bonding, breastfeeding & early parenting if new mothers were taught how to deliberately use neurogenic tremors to become more calm, relaxed and grounded after birth?” Richmond Heath, Physiotherapist, TRE Australia.
Personal reflection from Richmond Heath, Physiotherapist, TRE Certification Trainer:
As a father of two girls, a physiotherapist with a background in pilates and a TRE instructor with a passion for birth, I see birthing professionals in a prime position to make a huge difference to the way new mothers and their babies transition into family life.
Firstly through the experience, understanding and grounding of neurogenic tremors in their own bodies, birthing staff will be more fully able to support this organic tremoring response during birth to ensure mothers’ bodies are in their most open and un-defended state available to maximise the opportunity for natural delivery.
Secondly, birth professional routinely teaching new mothers how to deliberaly activate their bodies natural release process after birth could potentially lead to quicker recovery, reduced post-natal complications and more optimal opportunties for secure attachement, successful and relaxed breastfeeding and re-integration into existing relationships and family life.
Thirdly, birth staff encouraging new mothers to use neurogenic tremors on an ongoing basis to become more centred, grounded and relaxed has the potential to decrease the ongoing stresses of early parenting and significatly reduce the impact of parental stress, tension and unresolved trauma on early childhood experiences for their babies and children.
To this end I would appreciate you forwarding information about TRE to your colleagues, families, friends and any new mothers who may benefit from experiencing and understanding our bodies have their own internal and free resource to restore ourselves towards a more calm, relaxed and peaceful state after birth.
Please Note: As there is no research evidence yet to suggest either safety or risk of deliberately invoking neurogenic tremors during pregnancy, the global TRE policy is that we are unable to recommend women perform TRE whilst they are pregnant
Involuntary shaking & tremoring is a natural birth recovery process:
Nearly every birth professional has witnessed mothers’ involuntarily shaking or tremoring during or after birth. While most instinctively know it is a natural process, few realise this process can be deliberately facilitated in a safe and gentle way to help mothers return to a calm, relaxed and more grounded state after birth. Once learnt, new mothers can continue to use this process to regularly release the stress, tension and trauma of birth and early parenting to create a more calm and peaceful environment for themselves, their babies and their families.
Enhancing recovery, attachment & breastfeeding:
Many of the issues around attachment, breastfeeding and the integration of a new baby into existing relationships are caused or exacerbated by stress and trauma including the unresolved trauma of birth. For many new mothers these body based defensive reactions remain undischarged, leaving their autonomic nervous system highly aroused in a state of fight or flight or shut down in a state of freeze or collapse. These unresolved nervous system states can have significant impacts upon new mother’s ability to engage and bond with their babies as well as their ability to initiate successful breastfeeding and the bodies let-down reflex. By learning to activate neurogenic tremors in a controlled and safe way, new mothers are able to create a more relaxed and grounded state providing more optimal conditiions for birth recovery, early attachemtent and successful and relaxed breastfeeding.
10 -12 minutes to activate neurogenic tremors lying in bed:
While traditionally TRE uses a series of exercises to fatigue the primary defensive muscles of the legs and pelvis, the process can be adapted so new mothers are able to invoke the release process lying in bed in as little as 10 -12 minutes. While the tremors are involuntary, they can be consciously stopped at any time, making the process safe, self regulated and self empowering as it doesn’t require ongoing assistance of a therapist for the vast majority of new mothers.
‘De-briefing the body’ & self care for birthing staff:
TRE also provides birthing staff access to their own innate resource to ‘debrief their body’ on a regular basis for the rest of their lives. Regular practice of TRE not only minimises the impact of occupational stress and vicarious trauma but also helps staff to become more grounded, centred and calm during their professional work and personal lives. Workshops to learn TRE for personal use can be delivered in as little as 2 hours and provide birthing staff with a personal experience and understanding of the neurogenic tremors they witnessed in birthing mothers. Longer workshops are available to teach birthing staff how to support and allow this natural tremoring process with additional training required to learn how to teach new mothers to invoke the release process through the use of TRE.
For more information about TRE during pregnancy and birth – please follow this links to TRE Instructor Nienja Brouwer’s website from the Netherlands where she has additional articles and videos on this topic. http://www.nienjabrouwer.nl/tre/tre-during-pregnancy/
Please consult a TRE practitioner before considering using TRE during pregnancy.