Maternal Sensitivity and Preoccupation: Why we need to protect the mother-infant relationship

By Dr Bronwyn Leigh When all is going well enough, a few things naturally happen towards the end of your pregnancy.  One is that you become more preoccupied with yourself, your body and your baby.  It is during this time that your sensitivity becomes heightened.  Women tend to become more insular and begin to withdraw […]

The ‘Good Enough’ Parent

By Dr Bronwyn Leigh “The good-enough mother is one who makes active adaptation to the infant’s needs, an active adaptation that gradually lessens, according to the infant’s growing ability to account for failure of adaptation and to tolerate the results of frustration.” – D. W. Winnicott, paediatrician and parent-infant therapist ‘Good enough’ parenting encompasses being […]

Conscious and Controlled Breathing

By Dr Bronwyn Leigh “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky.  Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, teacher and author    When we are stressed, anxious or irritated our breathing tends to become rapid and shallow.  We breathe higher in the chest, rather than deep in the […]