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STOP Hurly learning THIS IS CHILD ABUSE!

Petition published by DENISE CORNISH on Feb 25, 2012
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Target: 1,000

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By EMMA LITTLE, Health Editor Published: Today at 01:24 A WACKY therapist flips a baby over her head by the ankles — as part of a shocking craze set to come to Britain.

Lena Fokina, 51, spins, swings and somersaults kids as young as two weeks old — often by a single limb.

Her frightening "baby dynamics" sessions last up to five minutes, leaving many screaming in tears and one vomiting.

The Russian, a trained PE teacher, showed off the bizarre method to improve muscular development at a seminar for parents in Dahab, Egypt.

They were also taught "water rebirthing" — involving dunking kids' heads in water to address "repressed trauma from birth."

Fear ... Fokina swings a child by its arm
Nick Obank / Barcroft Media
Mum-of-five Lena has practised baby dynamics for 30 years after it was developed by fellow Russian Dr Igor Charkovsky, who was also at the seminar.

Shocking ... upside-down baby is swung around by Russian therapist
Nick Obank / Barcroft Media
Worryingly, she claims it takes as little as one session for parents to learn.

Lena said: "Some babies cry, but then they begin to enjoy it. It's not dangerous.

Left hanging ... Fokina holds baby's arm and leg
Nick Obank / Barcroft Media
"I work with parents across Europe. I hope soon to be working with a family in England.

"All my children have grown up according to the Charkovsky method and they've all gone on to achieve outstanding results in life."

Seminar ... Fokina is showing off her bizarre techniques in Egypt
Nick Obank / Barcroft Media

By JANET FYLE, Royal College of Midwives

I WOULD warn British parents against trying this with their children.

There are a number of risks, the main one being dropping the baby.

Very young babies like these have a fragile skull.

The movements could also cause trauma to arm or leg joints and damage to their thin layer of skin.

And there is a very real risk of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Petition:

WE THE UNDERSIGNED CALL ON THE UK LAW TO MAKE THIS PRACTICE ILLEGAL. THIS WILL OPEN UP ALL CASES OF CHILD ABUSE BEING OVERLOOKED AS AN EXCUSE THEY USED CHILD SWINGING PRACTICES IN ACCORDANCE TO LENA FOKINA DANGEROUS AND UNACCEPTABLE PRACTICES.

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