We are parents from the moment of conception..
The field of pre and perinatal psychology has been pointing to the consciousness of babies since 1980’s and before. APPPAH, (The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal health ) emphasises that when society fully recognizes that babies are capable of feeling, learning, remembering and communicating before, during and after birth, this will dramatically change the ways in which we connect and interact with babies during pregnancy, through the birth process, and throughout infancy.
IN the 1980’s Harvard trained psychiatrist Thomas Verny, who later founded APPPAH, published the ‘Secret life of the unborn child’. He pointed to research that proved what parents and babies have instinctively known for generations… “ pregnant women and their unborn children can sense each other’s thoughts and feelings;
“ Early experience from conception on, materially affects the architecture of the brain. From the journey down the birth canal to afternoons at the park, a child will register every experience in the circuitry of his or her brain.. …
..” Everything the pregnant mother feels and thinks is communicated through neurohormones to her unborn child… the nicotine and alcohol…anxiety and depression or maternal stress alters the wiring of the brain and nervous system
Dr Allan Schore, a Senior Neuropsychologist speaking on attachment, states that we literally download our nervous system from our care-givers. These insights should elevate prenatal care and the support of pregnant mothers to the highest priority. Physical and emotional wellbeing of pregnant mothers directly impacts the wellbeing of their babies, protecting this special period for parents is one of the most significant ways we can influence the wellbeing of our society.
Birth is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us and identifying our own Pre and perinatal imprints offers invaluable insights into our ways of being in the world. Parenting, that starts in the womb, is a unique opportunity to support the development of a caring and compassionate human being. A positive womb and birth experience is every baby’s birthright and creating a healthy womb, helps to create a healthy world!
( For research papers see APPPAH website) ”…