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I Need A Pause

This photograph was taken recently in my office after a Prenatal & Birth Play session with three-year-old Lily and her parents. The blue and green hanging pouch/seat in the picture represents the womb and the cuddly toy, chosen and placed into the pouch by Lily, represents her prenatal unborn self. In a safe play environment children …

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FOR PROFESSIONALS: Core Isolation in Prenates, Babies, Children & Adults

Abstract: Isolation experienced during the foundational period from preconception through early infancy affects core imprinting. Attachment and embodiment issues are central to core isolation since it affects our achievable levels of presence, and therefore how deeply we can connect. Prenates, born babies, children, and adults show us that no matter what their issue, or at …

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Your Conception to Birth Experiences Arise When You Decide To Have A Baby

Introduction: I frequently observe pre-pregnant, pregnant, and birthing women re-living their own journey into life – their experiences, memories, and imprints from their conception to newborn period – from the time they decide to become a parent, and I will share some examples below. We can pass on good experiences to our children, and we …

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FOR PROFESSIONALS: Prenatal Developmental Milestones in Attachment

It’s now acknowledged within mainstream psychology that attachment begins at birth. The cutting edge field of Somatic Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology (SPPP) finds that attachment begins way before birth, a wisdom that is not yet in the mainstream thinking and consciousness about babies and relationships. We are conscious, sentient beings long before birth and we …

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Some Causes of Womb & Birth Trauma

About Womb Trauma Please don’t feel bad if you read the list below and see some experiences that happened to you during your pregnancy. There are many mitigating factors when it comes to assessing the extent to which stress, trauma, or an event has affected you and your family. Pregnant parents are often going through …

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What Is Conscious Early Parenting?

  What can you, as individuals and parents, do about the way you are bringing your children in to life, so that they have the best chance at holistic health? One of the core principles of Somatic Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology is that babies are conscious and sentient. I advocate for early attachment practices, which …

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How In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Affects Babies and Children

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) children are some of the most wanted children on the planet. Anyone who has gone through IVF to have a child is a courageous and determined person. IVF gives many couples a chance to have their dream of parenthood come true, and it is a miracle that medical science has found a way to make this happen. Medical procedures often focus on the biological level only, and the emotional/psychological/spiritual aspects of the experience can be neglected. Conception is a powerful and sacred moment, and pregnancy is the cauldron for our life’s deepest, core templates, also influencing our brain and neurological wiring. In my work with IVF families, I attempt to bring the sacred and the practical back together, providing a balanced, integrated approach.

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THE PREGNANT PATIENT’S BILL OF RIGHTS

I found this on the Alliance for the Improvement of Maternity Services  (AIMS) web site, and I think that it is very important that every birthing family fully understands their rights if choosing labor and birth, or just birth, in hospital. It is also important to know these facts when you are considering the safest …

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The Vulnerable Prenate by William R. Emerson, Ph.D.

Thanks to William for sharing this chapter of his book with us: Chapter 6: The Aware and Vulnerable Prenate “Woman is the artist of the imagination and the child in the womb is the canvas whereon she painteth her pictures” Paracelsus (1493-1541) Ben was seven years old. His mother and father were separated, but remained close …

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ABORTION – The Mother and the Baby: A Panel with Karen Melton, Julia Acott, & Adela Barcia, April 2009 Assoc. for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health (APPPAH) Conference

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CAN LISTEN TO A RECORDING OF THIS PANEL IN MY AUDIO SECTION. It begins with Julia, then Adela, and then I am at the end. There are some Q&A at the end. I am happy to answer your questions. I had the great pleasure of residing on a panel at the 2009 …

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