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Safe in the Arms of Love: Deepening the Essential Bond With Your Baby Hardcover – April 1, 2011

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"Every child and mother should have this heartwarming music which offers valuable tools for enhancing the critical bonding and connection between mother and child. This bond is deeply healing. Safe in the Arms of Love gives parents clear heartfelt guidance that will help them reconnect with their baby every time they listen. Highly recommended!” — DEAN ORNISH, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

"Safe in the Arms of Love is simply beautiful. These songs go right to the heart, allowing you to relax, open up, and find an oasis of calm in your daily routine. My wish would be for every pregnant and nursing mother to bathe herself and her baby in these heartwarming songs." — CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP, MD, Author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom Of Menopause and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

"Safe in the Arms of Love is an exceptional combination of beautiful music and inspiring information especially created to enhance the deep bond between parent and child. This thoughtful book and gentle resonance evoked by this music can help in the development of a secure attachment that will benefit the baby throughout his or her life." — MARSHALL KLAUS, MD, AND PHYLLIS KLAUS, MFT, LMSW, Authors, Your Amazing Newborn, Bonding and The Doula Book

"As every parent recognizes, there is an innate sense of rhythm in everychild. The constantly varying rhythms of heart beat and breath, tuned to mom’s emotions, supply a rich, 24/7 symphony in the womb. To no one’s surprise, research has shown a powerful impact of music on mood and the physiology of the human heart. Listening to Safe in the Arms of Love, I am profoundly reminded of the importance of protecting the sacred bond between newborn and mother, and providing music to complement an experience that will influence the course of a lifetime. This music is beautiful, gently uplifting and peaceful, and perfectly sets the mood for mother and baby to bond in a relaxed and emotionally supportive environment." — Steven F. Horowitz, M.D. Chief of Cardiology, Stamford Hospital, and Director of Integrative Cardiology, the Center for Health and Wellness

"As both a psychiatrist and mother, I can attest to the critical importance of healthy bonding. If you are a new parent, or about to be a new parent, drop everything and experience the beauty and impact of Safe in the Arms of Love. This is great music to support the bonding process and deepen the relationship between parents and newborn." — Hyla Cass , M.D., author of Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health

"When certain music is added to the chaotic newborn environment, it can become a 'settling embrace,' bringing a calming message of hope and self-confidence. Safe in the Arms of Love fills the gap many new parents experience of not having their mothers to help and advise them during this important transition. As a new grandmother, if I were unable to be there for my son and his wife, I would hope that someone would put Safe in the Arms of Love into their hands. It is nothing short of magical." — Bethany Hays M.D., OBGYN and Functional Medicine

"Every once in a while, a new body of work comes along that jumps beyond what has been done before. Safe in the Arms of Love is a powerful, tender and heart-opening mix of songs and music that moves the parent and cradles the child. In my work with men, this music has become a valuable tool in connecting them to their experience as a father as well as to their own inner child." — Stephen Johnson Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Director, Los Angeles Men’s Center

"As a mother who nursed four children and being a therapeutic musician myself, I love the ebb and flow of this recording, and I can easily imagine a mom and baby being drawn ever more deeply into peaceful connection. I was deeply touched by the tenderness of Lisa Rafel’s songs and the expressiveness of the singers’ performances." — Melinda Gardiner, RN , CMP, Executive Director, Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc.

About the Author

Lisa Rafel: Lisa Rafel creates songs and teaching programs to help people experience greater joy and connection. She is a teacher, “sound healing” educator, song-writer and singer, as well as an internationally recognized spiritual teacher, author, poet, and recording artist with numerous CD’s.

Lisa founded Resonant Sounds, LLC to support the connection between new parents and their babies through the use of intentional music. She is dedicated to creating music, books and applications that support that intimate connection. Her understanding of psycho-acoustic principles and the importance of engaging music, combined with the power of intentional language comes from a long career in the theater arts, sound healing, poetry and the use of the voice. She writes her music from the heart of a loving mother and grandmother.

Lisa’s teaching is grounded in her deep understanding of the importance of conscious transitions and courageous compassion. Her Resonate With The Soul™ programs include transformative and self-healing techniques using modern scientific principles mixed with practices from ancient and indigenous cultures. She teaches Sound Healing with the Voice programs for individuals and groups internationally and uses creative cross-disciplinary techniques in her work with adults and with children.

Lisa has two children and six grandchildren.

Gary Malkin: Gary Malkin is an Emmy award-winning composer, producer, performer, and public speaker dedicated to making a difference in the world by creating musical resources and events that inspire the heart and catalyze societal and individual healing. As the composer for numerous award-winning television and film projects for nearly thirty years, Gary is known for working on socially responsible media projects featuring themes such as the environment, tolerance, children’s welfare, cancer, and global healing.

Gary is passionate about the universal role music (and all the arts) can play as a catalyst for a more inclusive spirituality. He is the co-creator of the acclaimed CD/gift book, Graceful Passages, released by his life-enhancing media production company, Wisdom of the World, which offers aesthetic ways to directly experience the world’s known and unknown visionaries to help us face our life transitions with more mindfulness, presence, and compassion.

He has served as the Artistic Director for the Quest for Global Healing international conferences, (which featured Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among other Nobel Laureates) and performed on the stage of the Great Hall of China, featuring the power of music as a healing resource. An in-demand public speaker, he has presented at places such as Harvard’s Conference on Spirituality and Health, Scripps Clinic, and UCSF Medical School. Through everything he does, Gary is dedicated to using music and media as a resource to help us to deepen our lives with a greater connection to who we are and what matters most. He is the proud father of his daughter, Genevieve Rose, who, along with his ex-wife, Suzanne, has taught him everything he knows about what it means to serve and love another unconditionally.

David Surrenda: Dr. David Surrenda, a licensed clinical psychologist, has conducted executive level organizational consultation and coaching with business, government, education and health systems for 40 years. He has worked extensively with hospitals and national health systems to support innovations, solutions and new paradigmatic thinking.

Dr. Surrenda was the founder, Dean and curriculum director for the Graduate School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University for nine years. He crafted the first nationally accredited graduate program in Holistic Health Education, a forerunner to the current efforts in Integrative Health. He currently sits on the Boards of two health foundations (Fannie E. Rippel Foundation and the Bravewell Collaborative). These foundations are committed to the radical improvement of the American health system through integrative thinking, seeding innovation and convening key influencers to dialogue and consider how to drive sustainable system change. As a clinician, David helped pregnant couples and families to address the issues that arise during major life transitions.

He is the author of three books. His most recent is Retooling on the Run: Real Change for Leaders with No Time, (co-authored with Stuart Heller), a unique roadmap for cultivating versatility of leadership action styles. He also served for six years as the co-CEO of a training and research corporation, developing nationally recognized innovations in conflict resolution and crisis intervention.

David is the proud father of three daughters and has six grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Wise Parenting Press; Har/Com edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615359949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615359946
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Safe in the Arms of Love: Deepening the Essential Bond with Your Baby is a wonderful book and CD combination designed to help parents and babies connect. I found lots of information in the book to be helpful, and in line with my beliefs of the importance of parent-child bonding.

Some advice for bonding included this list:

-Touch your baby, skin to skin

-Massage your baby

-Experience eye contact with your baby

-Sing and Speak in a tender way to your baby

-Play with your baby

The music CD is wonderful! Relaxing and peaceful, we turned it on as we cleaned up toys before dinner and my three year old wanted to keep it on as we ate!

I think this book and CD set would make a great gift for any expectant parent. I enjoyed the essays about becoming a mother and father, suggestions on specific ways to bond with your baby, and relaxing music to listen to!
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Becoming a mother is one of the most precious things a woman can do. I love this book which creates a special, sweet time for the nursing mother and her baby to bond and share the nurturing experience of breastfeeding. The softness of the beautiful music of Lisa Rafel and Gary Malkin on the accompanying CD soothes both the baby and mother and provides a gentle background for this special time. I have given Safe in the Arms of Love to three new mothers so far who absolutely love it. One mother told me when she puts on the CD, her baby reaches for her breast. I will continue to give this book/CD set to every new mother in my life. It is that special!
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I believe in the power of music.
Safe in the Arms of Love is a great resource to harness the power of music.

What do you get?
The Book

The book has a collection of essays which teach about how to use music to help with bonding. It gives parents wonderful tools and ideas to use while pregnant and after the baby is born. There are also stories shared by parents. The book was easy to read and filled with tips easy to apply. I wish all parents would have this information to help them prepare for parenting or while new parents. It would really help them have an easier transition to parenting.

It shares tips to incorporate music into daily routines.

while pregnant
while nursing or feeding baby
before bed
during bath
during baby massage

The CD

In the book it talks about the power of intentional music. I didn't know if there was truth to what they were saying. I read the first half of the book at night while my boys were in bed. I decided to try listening with my boys the next morning.

I put on the CD while my boys were busy playing in the house on a Saturday morning. They are big - ages 5, 10 and 13. Within minutes the two youngest were snuggling with me on the couch. The level of energy noticeably dropped to a calm and peaceful feeling. Even my 13 year old was more amiable. That is some powerful music!

It was beautiful to listen to and the words are touching. Definitely a great CD to listen to while spending time with your baby!
It is a great gift!

This would make a wonderful gift to any expecting or new mom. I think it has information that will prove very helpful in encouraging bonding between parents and their babies. These are lifelong benefits and tools that can be used throughout parenting. That is way better then any cute outfit! :)
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For a soon to be momma or a new momma this really is a wonderful tool to help remind you to take a few minutes. Not only does it help make things in calmer in my house, because my children feed off my emotions, but it serves as a wonderful bedtime tool as well. When Coulter was born we put him down every night to music because we wanted to train him to sleep through anything (which we will regret in his teenager years), we regret that we didn't enforce this more with Corbin as he is the lightest sleeper :( I could literally vacuum Coulter's room after he went to sleep, with Corbin don't even walk by the door. I like the aspect that since this cd is so calming and both boys will calm to it I think it will help Corbin sleep better at night by putting him more peaceful.

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I was recently in need of a new baby gift and stumped as to what to purchase since everything on the happy parents' registry had been acquired. I took a friend's recommendation to buy Safe in the Arms of Love and can't tell you how many positive comments I have received. I've gotten multiple emails from the mother and father saying how much they love the book and music; it has become part of their daily routine. If you are in need of a shower or baby gift or are a new parent yourself, I highly recommend this book.
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These days I see so many parents that don't know how to parent or bond with their children. Many parents are children themselves or have raised themselves in the aftermath of a divorce or parents that never married or don't raise their children together. They don't have the time or the "tools" they need to raise their children & many don't know how to bond with their families even if they wanted to.

My thoughts: "A truly wonderful idea and long overdue!" Safe in the Arms of Love is the ideal gift for a new mom & dad and their baby. It encourages the building of a strong bond between mother and baby, father and baby and the family as a whole with the use of "Positive Intention Music". The music on the accompanying CD uses music to encourage a calming and heart-connecting experience to enhance the bonding between a parent and their baby.

-The music uses slower rhythms and lower pitches to help soothe the nervous system.
-The tempos are based on the ideal relaxed heart beat of 50-70 beats per minute.
-The lyrics are engaging and intimate and encourage you to be that way with your baby.

This book & the accompanying CD would be the perfect gift for a baby shower, a friend or family who are adopting or fostering a child and it's very helpful even for toddlers and preschoolers who need to relax or calm down for a nap or from a tantrum. The music is designed to play for the length of a typical nursing experience and includes lulling music to help put the child to sleep.
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