The most striking part of this story is the fact that from that day on, Emma's crying spells tapered off, soon becoming normal. She became consolable, and Alice's relationship with her baby was free to develop without undue strain. By the following month they were not only loving, but also enjoying one another.
I believe that some babies and mothers may find themselves in a negative feedback loop after a very negative or difficult delivery experience. If it is not resolved, the baby may re-experience fear based on early trauma, which reactivates the mother's own trauma and unresolved emotions about the birth. These feelings are passed from one to the other in subtle body movements and tension. Women who have been separated from their babies due to medical emergencies often experience guilt and pain, which is reflected in how they hold their babies. I believe the healing visualization helped Alice and her baby reconnect in a new and different way.
Visualization for Distress at Birth
You may wish to construct you own images for healing if you feel your relationship with your baby is suffering unnecessarily because of feelings surrounding the birth. Usually this takes the form of an excessively irritable baby who is particularly sensitive to changes in the environment and reacts negatively and fearfully. The baby is usually difficult to console.
By allowing yourself to go back and visualize the experience as you would have liked it, paying particular attention to those moments when you wanted to hold your baby, or be alert and present, you change the movements of your body. Your touch will now communicate feelings of confidence rather than uncertainty. Babies do feel connected through your body, and feelings are physical. Healing visualization can affect your feelings, and your touch will soon impart calm and reassurance.