An article was printed in today's NY Times, titled "The First Ache".
(Please forgive me for not including any of the article. I am not sure how much I am allowed to copy into a public blog.)
The article tackles the question of whether or not preemies (and fetuses) can feel pain and whether or not it alters the child.
This argument is not a new one and has been known to start comment wars on blogs. I am asking everyone to be mindful of others thoughts and research on this topic when they post a comment.
Dr. Phillip Gordon (neonatologist) wrote his feelings on the topic in a post titled "Debunking the Pseudoscience of Infant Memories"on his blog Tales From the Womb. I am not including a link to his blog to incite a war on docs. I simply want to show both sides of the coin.
I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to comment on the science behind the issue. I am, however, a mother of a premature child who endured her entire NICU stay without pain meds.
I find it hard to believe that prolonged exposure to pain would NOT cause change in a child.