The first 1001 days of life runs from conception to age two. There is clear evidence that combining this time of rapid physical growth with positive nurturing can shape babies’ social and emotional development for life! It’s the time when the foundations for later development are laid which can also affect a child’s future health, learning and even earnings potential.
Sometimes babies arrive more quickly than expected; even first babies occasionally do this although it is more usually a second or third baby. It is something we are often asked about in our antenatal courses:
At Christmas, the British Medical Journal offers us a satirical, and often very funny, mock up research study. These are always beautifully written, so that at first glance one almost believes them to be real. Last Christmas the study was entitled: “Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma when jumping from aircraft: randomized controlled trial” BMJ
This phrase first came to my attention when I was training to be an NCT antenatal teacher in 1990, and I understood it to mean the process by which intervening in a woman’s labour in one way, may lead to further interventions becoming necessary.