By Mary Esther Malloy after a lecture by Dr. Nils Bergman at New York University in February, 2016 (she apologizes to Dr. Bergman if she’s mottled his words. She was writing as fast as she could)
Neuroscience on the screen.
A packed room of maternity care professionals.
Our brains trying to understand our brains.
Once upon a time not so very long ago, Dr. Nils Bergman launched a mother-baby skin to skin revolution.
I get it, I think. But I am about to be radicalized.
Dr. Nils Bergman speaks:
Skin to skin unlocks the neuroscience.
Think of the layered, interconnecting jungle where everything functions in relation to everything else. The brain is a jungle, not a computer.
There are more synapses at birth than stars in the universe.
He tell us
It matters how we are born…Early experiences fire and wire the brain…Pathways are connected…Networks make lights go on…Development is ordered…Foundations are laid upon which higher circuits can be built…Critical periods come and go in which aspects of our genetic inheritance are activated.
What is activated depends on the baby’s environment.
The environment tells our DNA: The world is safe. Eat. Rest. Grow. Connect. Oxytocin flows through the circuitry.