Biological Mother-Child Mirroring Studies
Biological Mother-Infant Mirroring Communication
Absent in Adopted Infants
The Biological connection of the post partum mother-child dynamic labeled the Maternal Bond.
The post pregnancy bio-chemical state provides the mother with the essential energy, awareness and intuitive knowledge essential to care for her newborn infant. The hormonal based maternal drive is a subconscious state regulated by the body's shift from the pregnancy phase, through the birth phase, to the prolonged phase of maternal provision and physical care phase of maternal drive. The maternal drive body provides essential components on an as needed basis. When the mother is exhausted from being up all night, the drive will provide her with more energy. As mother and infant begin to form patterns, and not yet ready to settle into routine, vigilance is needed and her body responds with natural hormone (example) secretions of ephinephrine into her bloodstream to keep her awake. The maternal drive's hormone releases of calming, satisfaction and other pleasant psychological feelings enhancing hormones that give mother and child positive feelings when interacting with each other., The rewarding hormones give the infant-mother feelings of happiness, calming and pleasant feelings come from maternal drive hormone releases in the mother effect her mood. Releases in the child effect the child's mood, hormone releases in both the mother effect the child, and hormone releasing in the child effect the mother in this serious, profound and amazing ability of the biologically connected pair.
Within this intuitive Connection the mother's body and mind are motivated to safeguard and attend to the needs of her child. The Intuitive mother's care, nurturing and protection Is demonstrated In the Maternal-Drive that motivates, compels and rewards the non-verbal, physical and verbal interaction. The mirroring is the essential face to face interaction, touch, smell, sound of the infant's voice, the mother's voice. The mirroring that takes place between biological mother and child encompasses all senses during and is a continuation of the mother-child bond from pregnancy, now to a higher level of awareness of one another. The mother and child face to face are biological and genetic duplication's of each other. The mirroring child and mother see essentially themselves in the other, giving the physical and emotional sense of contentedness, that is the child's foundation for the sense of self, self-esteem and the child's future in relating to other people begins in the safety and security of the mother child connected proximity. Without this foundational security learned in the maternally driven maternal bond of "mother-child mirroring"having been mastered by the child., The next stage of self esteem, secure autonomy and self Identification that is termed "the Mirror-Stage" (where the child can identify himself in a mirror) will be psychologically compromised, emotionally problematic, both mentally and physical immaturity when developmental phases are not exposed to as in the adopted child who will completely loose out on this essential foundation in self esteem, belonging and building a sense of worth and self worth by engaging in continuous biological parent mirroring.
Study of biological mother & Infant Mirroring:
Mothers who are securely attached in pregnancy show more attuned infant mirroring 7 months postpartum.