Thursday, August 22, 2013

10 Remarkable Quotes (about babies) from Prenatal Psychology

Few people know about the important field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology (PPN), which studies the fascinating mind of the developing human embryo and newborn baby. More on PPN

Surprisingly, this area of study receives very little attention from mainstream media, medical research and practice, and even in discussions for improving birth - which heavily focus on the rights and experiences of the mother. 

What does PPN have to tell us about our babies, their experiences, and our potential as human beings?

The following quotes are from a few of the leaders in PPN research and illuminate some important findings emerging from this incredible field. 

"The truth is, much of what we have traditionally believed about babies is false. We have misunderstood and underestimated their abilities. They are not simple beings but complex and ageless - small creatures with unexpectedly large thoughts." 
~David Chamberlain, PhD - Babies Remember Birth (1988)


"PPN findings reveal how our earliest experiences in the womb and during birth and bonding lay core patterns in our implicit memory, subconscious, and autonomic system that profoundly shape us and set in motion life-long patterns." 
~Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN - EFT for Mom, Baby, and Dad From the Beginning of Life (2007)


"Mothers intuitively know what scientists have only recently discovered: that the unborn child is a deeply sensitive individual who forms a powerful relationship with his or her parents - and the outside world - while still in the womb." 
~ Thomas Verny, MD - Nurturing the Unborn Child (1991)


"Human beings are conscious, sentient, aware, and possess a sense of self even during this very early primary period."   ~Natural Family Living, Right From the Start (2008). 

The primary period of human development encompasses preconception through the first year of postnatal life. Sentient is defined as: responsive to or conscious of sense impressions; aware; finely sensitive in perception or feeling. 


"It is not too late to be sure every baby is carried in an assured uterus, with a supported and happy mother, and is welcomed into the world as a feeling, conscious being. Just imagine what that would mean for the baby's future and that of mankind."   
~Robert Oliver, MD - Sharing Space:Obstetrics and Attachment (2004)

"There is a tremendous loss in human potential when birth becomes traumatic for the baby, mother and father... so many infancy and childhood problems are set in motion during the birth and bonding period... priority is to stop the harmful practice of separating mother and babies,"   
~ Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN & Marti Glenn, PhD - Investing in Human Potential From the Beginning of Life: Key to Maximizing Human Capital (2008)

"It is the mother's eyes we see it through; it is her joy that evokes our sympathies. We assume her child feels nothing - that he is an innocent bystander at the celebration. This is simply not true. For his mother, for his father, his birth may represent an unperishable memory, the fulfillment of a life-long dream, but for the child himself, it is something much more momentus - an event the imprints itself on his personality. How he is born - whether it is painful or easy, smooth or violent - largely determines who he becomes and how he will view the world around him." 
~ Thomas Verny, MD - The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (1981)


"...medical interventions appear to have long-term detrimental (physical and psychological) effects and, because of this, even the most commonly used obstetrical interventions must be questioned."     
~William R. Emerson - Birth Trauma: The Psychological Effects of Obstetrical Interventions (1998)


"We can help babies repattern beliefs of constriction, fear, violence, and separation into beliefs of connection and growth; beliefs that will help them experience the joy of living in a friendly, healthy world." 
~ Wendy McCarty, PhD - The Power of Beliefs: What Babies are teaching Us (2002)


 "We find that prenatal and perinatal experiences have a profound impact on the subsequent quality of health and human behavior; we see that life is a continuum which starts before conception, not after birth. During this formative period, parents and babies are not isolated from each other but fundamentally interconnected. A loving prenatal and perinatal experience inspires such things as bonding and sensitivity to others which have long-term consequences for both individual relationships and for society. Ultimately, womb ecology reveals itself in world ecology as the seeds of peace or violence are sown by parents, their models, teachers, and caregivers during pregnancy and birth." 
~ Association of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Welcome to PPN :)
~Wisdom and Birth

This is not to say that medical interventions aren't necessary in some cases, but knowing what we do now about the capabilities of the infant, life-saving procedures and necessary interventions need to be carried out in a respectful and sensitive manner.

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