Jean Liedloff, author of the highly influential The Continuum Concept has died

On March 15, 2011 – Jean Liedloff, author of The Continuum Concept, passed away peacefully in her home.

The Continuum Concept is the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings — especially babies — require the kind of experience to which our species adapted during the long process of our evolution.

Experiences such as constant physical contact with a familiar caregiver, bed-sharing, breastfeeding on cue, being carried and allowed to observe, prompt non-judgemental responses to his signals (squirming, crying,  etc), other’s expectations that he is a social creature with natural self-preservation instincts.

Jean Liedloff influenced many parents and indeed changed many people’s understanding of how to parent.