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#1 of 6 Old 07-09-2006, 02:59 PM - Thread Starter
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I have seen some videos or documentaries when I was living in Europe about "water babies" and how they can swim right away after being born into water. How they know naturally how to hold their breath and can totally swim. Those were some amazing videos!! I do not remember if it was right after the birth or later but it was still amazing.
Does anyone know how to encourge that kind of skill? What would happen if BEFORE the cord is cut the baby is left in the water? Has anyone ever tried here?
Or even AFTER the cord is would they behave if we put them back in the water and let them "float"?
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I am under the impression that when a baby is born into the water, the cord supplies oxygen/nutrients until the baby reaches the surface and air. I thought that it is the air that stimulates the breathing reflexes.

I have no idea about after the cord is cut though...

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I've read that too....that the baby is already in amnionic fluid and being supplied oxygen through the umbilical going into water the baby wouldnt have to hold its breath. kwim? It's when the babys face hits the air that they try to breathe....or once the cord stops pulsating.
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This is the sayeth someone on the birth movie,"Birth into Being":
The babies are born with a breath holding reflex that does not leave them until they are 6months old. If you are very interested in this subject or just want to see a really good births on VHS ... I would sugest you buy this movie. It shows TONS of swimming newborns and explains the concept and that that of water birth.
I bought mine threough Laura Shanely's online book shop.

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Yes. It is a reflex, just like the sucking reflex or the stepping reflex. A reflex for survival! Alas, it fades at around seven months old so one day you can have a swimming fiend and the next day your dc is chocking on water and has to be re-taught the skills. Interesting thing to watch thou while I was doing my baby labs.

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