The TriAngle of Development: Exploring the vestibular system’s impact from womb to world

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The TriAngle of Development: Exploring the vestibular system's impact from womb to world

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We know parenthood is an incredible journey, and understanding your little one’s development can make it even more rewarding. That’s why I’ve poured my heart (and brain!) into our latest podcast episode.

The vestibular system is nothing short of miraculous; it is our inner compass, granting us the grace of balance and the perception of motion.

Today, we explore how the intricate dance of a baby in the womb is more than just a delightful kick—it’s the very groundwork of neurological connections that shape our future.

The nuances of labor and delivery are presented as a symphony of movement, where the sympathetic nervous system takes the lead, then yields to a slower tempo, easing the baby through the birth canal.

Postpartum, newborns face the profound challenge of gravity—an invisible force that shapes posture, development, and exploration. Early movement serves as a recalibration for the vestibular system, syncing the eyes and ears in a dance of development.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The significance of primitive reflexes and fetal movements in the womb
  • The connection between movement and neurological connections in a developing baby
  • The role of the sympathetic nervous system in the birthing process
  • How movement slows down to aid the baby’s journey through the birth canal
  • The impact of gravity on a newborn’s vestibular system
  • The development of primitive reflexes through movement in the womb
  • The importance of addressing low muscle tone and vestibular system dysfunction in children

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Why is this happening to my kid and what can I do about it? If you are the parent of a developmentally delayed child then you’ve probably asked this question more than once. That’s where I come in! I’m Dr. Laura Hanson and I specialize in identifying the “why” and telling you the “what.” Join me every Thursday for a deeper look at how our brains are wired and how to get the most out of your mind. Are you looking to break negative patterns, overcome mood disorders, or optimize your potential? Maybe your child struggles with ADHD, OCD or other learning difficulties. Tune in to Connect My Brain, where I explain concepts like biofeedback and neurofeedback, brainwave frequencies, and much more. Let me help you change your life by changing your mind! Contact me HERE.


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