Scientific Studies Reveal Mother & Child Are Linked At The Cellular Level
"Knowing that I carry the cells of my eight living children as well as the three babies I lost is encouraging to me." - Coral Anika Theill, Mother & Author, BONSHEA Making Light of the Dark
The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought
By Robert Martone | December 4, 2012
The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while her heartbeat provides a soothing constant rhythm.
Mother and Child are Linked at Cellular Level by Laura Grace Weldon
As my mother used to tell me, we always carry our children in our hearts. I know this is true emotionally. Apparently it’s also true on the physical level. Sometimes science is filled with transcendent meaning more beautiful than any poem. To me, this new research shows the poetry packed in the people all around us.
It’s now known that cells from a developing fetus cross the placenta, allowing the baby’s DNA to become part of the mother’s body. These fetal cells persist in a woman’s body into her old age. (If she has been pregnant with a male child it’s likely she’ll have some Y-chromosomes drifting around for a few decades too). This is true even if the baby she carried didn’t live to be born. The cells of that child stay with her, resonating in ways that mothers have known intuitively throughout time. Fetal cells you contributed to your own mother may be found in her blood, bone marrow, skin, kidney, and liver. These fetal cells appear to “treat” her when she is ill or injured.
Alan Greene, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Scanadu, the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Participatory Medicine, a practicing pediatrician, and a leading voice in health innovation. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco. In 1995 he launched DrGreene.com, cited by the AMA as "the pioneer" physician Web site and was named "The Children's Health Hero of the Internet" by Intel. Dr. Greene is a Co-founder of The Society for Participatory Medicine. He is the author of several books, including From First Kicks to First Steps, Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the TODAY Show, Good Morning America & The New York Times.
Scientific References Supporting this Video
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The physical and emotional link between a mother and her child is about as close as a relationship can be. New research now shows the physical connection is even deeper than anyone previously thought.
Stem cells from the fetus have now been found in many areas of the mother’s brain, heart and other organs. These stem cells are ‘pluripotent’ that is, they can potentially be induced to form many different cells lines such as brain or cardiac tissue and help in regeneration.
Another study illustrated their potential. The heart of pregnant animals were damaged by blockage of a coronary artery, simulating a severe heart attack, though this was not lethal. Later after the animals delivered, the heart was examined. Stem cells from their fetus had migrated to the damaged mother’s heart and helped it repair itself.
These cells from each and every one of your children are there, in your brain and heart…. for life. And they will all still be there when you die.