Windows to the Womb: Revealing the Conscious Baby from Conception to Birth

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North Atlantic Books, Jan 15, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
Windows to the Womb is an eloquent guide through the first nine months of life from conception to birth. In the past, the invisible physical processes of fetal development were mysterious and largely unexplainable, but in the past half-century, breakthroughs in embryology, interuterine photography, ultrasound, and other sensitive instruments of measurement have enabled us to make systematic observations inside the womb. We now understand that fetuses are fully sentient and aware beings. In this new climate of appreciation for the surprising dimensions of fetal behavior, sensitivity, and intelligence, this book brings a host of new information to light about the transformative journey each one of us must undergo in the womb.

With reverent awe, the author describes the amazing construction of our physical bodies, the "ultimate architecture," and draws parallels with the expansion of our minds as our brains and senses develop and grow. Dr. Chamberlain details new discoveries in embryonic and fetal research that support his own findings on the impact of the mother's emotional and physical state during pregnancy; the importance of bonding at the earliest stages, long before birth; and the steps that expectant parents can take to ensure the most nurturing start in life for their children.
 

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Contents

Intrauterine Photography
5
THE Wonder of CoNCEPTION
12
The Receptive Ovum
19
Embodiment Continues Apace
33
PRENATAL Body LANGUAGE
38
Interactive Social Movement
49
The Chemical Senses
67
A Summary of the Twelve Prenatal Senses
73
Clinical Work Reveals Consciousness in Crisis
131
Norman Confuses a PastLife Death with Life
144
CoNsciousNESs BEFORE BRAIN
146
Consciousness before Brain
158
AFTERword
172
SIMPLE AND Wonderful
179
A MULTICULTURAL SYNopsis
186
INFANTILE AMNEs A Is DEAD
196

Gardners Theory of Multiple Intelligences
77
LEARNING LEARNING AND LEARNING IN THE Womb
93
A Peek at the Whole Garden
119

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David Chamberlain, PhD, is a California psychologist, scholar, author, and international lecturer with over 60 publications and 27 years of leadership in the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH). In a landmark study of mother and child pairs in 1980, he demonstrated that birth memories were reliable and not fantasies. In 2003, Mothering magazine celebrated David as a "Living Treasure." He was a founding faculty member of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute; in 2006 the institute conferred upon him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In 2007, he was honored at the Gentle Birth World Conference with the Mother Goose Award for his work with mothers and babies. The author lives in Nevada City, CA.

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