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Mother Nature:

By Leslie Lindsay   (image retrieved from Amazon.com 5.25.12) Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (Sep 21, 1999) Are you my mother?!  Ever wonder how kids instinctively know who their mother is?  Or do they?  You likely know this concept as bonding/attachment/imprinting.  And according to Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s book, Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection, this time period immediately post-partum (after the birth) is considered a “critical period.” Think back to the time when you were born.  Did your father attend your birth?  Was the room warm and dim, classical music playing? Was the room even referred to as a “birthing suite,” (or was it seperate, almost like an OR)?  Did your tiny infant self sleep next to your mother, nestled in a clear rolling “cart,” with newborn diapers and other baby accuroments nearby?  Likely not. In “those” days it was more likely you were born in a sterile “delivery” room with bright lights, loud noises, and nurses and doctors attending to your first view of the …