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The Biology of Love
Reviewer: Stephen Khamsi
Date of Review: 12/2001

Love, argues Janov in The Biology of Love, is a neurochemical event. Love consists of specific hormones and is embodied in specific brain structures. Love begins in the womb, literally shapes our brains, and determines how we think, feel and act throughout life. Love determines the state of our health and the length of our lives.

Womblife, for Janov, is critical to the development of personality, mental health and illness, and sexual orientation. Love and affection during this early critical period help the nervous system to develop properly, and to produce serotonin and other...

Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection
Reviewer: James W Prescott
Date of Review: 03/2001

Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection by Professor Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, an emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California at Davis, is a monumental multidisciplinary treatise that summarizes her life's work and which, I believe, is destined to become a classic in the field and a core text for many university courses and seminars on Mother Nature. How does one provide a fair "review", in about 2,500 words, of a monumental text with 55 pages of Notes and 44 pages of bibliography? It is a mission impossible. So the following observation, by...

Parenting Begins Before Conception: A Guide To Preparing Body, Mind, and Spirit For You And Your Child
Reviewer: Maria Carella
Date of Review: 03/2001

This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in a holistic preparation for parenthood.

Beginning with an explanation of the child as a multidimensional being with a physical, etheric, emotional, mental body, and the soul as the spiritual, immortal part of being, Luminare-Rosen creates a rationale for acknowledging the whole person both body and soul.

Through her "PreSeeding Birth Program" parents learn how to prepare for conception and the prenatal period mentally, physically and spiritually. She invites them to create their own plan by supplying a worksheet and a...

Conscious Parenting
Reviewer: Eileen Paris
Date of Review: 03/2000

Conscious Parenting reads like an inspiring love poem to children expressing a belief in their inherent goodness and in the many ways conscious parenting can nurture their emotional and spiritual development. To Lee Lozowick, parenting begins with conscious conception and moves on to prenatal and perinatal child rearing. During birth, he calls for parents to establish emotional contact by talking to the child, orienting the child, explaining what is happening and what is going to happen, creating an environment of welcoming, gentleness, and information.

As a psychologist, I couldn't...

Hands of Life: An Energy Healer Reveals the Secrets of Using Your Body's Own Energy Medicine for Healing, Recovery, and Transformation
Reviewer: Binnie A Dansby
Date of Review: 03/2000

Hands of Life is an inspiring contribution of far-reaching significance for the healing of early trauma, including pre- and perinatal trauma. Julie Motz is a notable "energy healer" who shares her wisdom, world view and experience gained in the operating rooms of some of the most prestigious hospitals in the United States. A skillful storyteller, Julie takes us behind closed doors to reveal cooperative healings based on intuitive information and the ability of patients to communicate the meaning of their disease. Children and adults facing serious illness and surgery were often found to be...

Make Way for Baby!
Reviewer: Carolyn M Dawn
Date of Review: 03/2000

Based on the work of Beatriz Manrique, Ph.D., this video proposes an emotional and intellectual head start for parents and babies. Its subtitle, 'Talking your way through pregnancy while improving your baby's mind" indicates a dual goal to increase communication between the parents and babies as well as to enhance the baby's intellectual and physical abilities.

Supporting these goals, the video relies on cutting-edge research showing language and math reasoning may be improved by specific prenatal practices; that early communication techniques which stimulate memory, attention, and...

Songs from the Womb: Healing the Wounded Mother
Reviewer: Jane English
Date of Review: 03/2000

With its Jungian perspective, this book is a unique contribution to the literature of pre and perinatal psychology. The inclusion of the natural world, archetypes and the soul broadens and deepens this work that bridges between perinatal and transpersonal psychology. The experiences of individual child/mother couples are seen in the context of a culture that has lost both its intimacy with nature and its guidance from the archetypal feminine.

Benig details both the physical processes of pregnancy and birth and their parallels in the soul work happening at the same time. She shows...

Soul Trek: Meeting Our Children On the Way to Birth
Reviewer: Laura Uplinger
Date of Review: 03/2000

In this revolutionary book, author Elisabeth Hallett shares with us the results of nine years of listening patiently to first-hand accounts of contacts initiated by babies not yet conceived with their parents-tobe. Her stories came from 180 mothers and fathers, siblings, grandparents, relatives and close friends who experienced what they described as a compelling vision, dream, visitation, inner voice, or subtle "knowing." For each, the experience was felt as a powerful spiritual connection with the child-to-be.

Stories of this kind stretch the imagination well beyond the dominant...

The Gentle Greeting: An Obstetrician's Complete Guide to Planning a Loving Pregnancy and Birth Experience
Reviewer: Kelduyn R Garland
Date of Review: 03/2000

The detailed step by step journey through conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum adjustments are well chronicled in this insightful book written for "expectant" parents. It is comfortable reading that flows easily from beginning to end.

The Gentle Greeting provides information about the developmental, physio-emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, and about the variety of pregnancy and birthing options available for people of child bearing age. The author goes beyond the traditional allopathic model of supine vaginal labor and routine C-section surgery to offer other...

The Mind of Your Newborn Baby
Reviewer: Elisabeth Hallett
Date of Review: 03/2000

I wish I could send this book to every parent-to-be! The arrival of this book is great news! This is the long-awaited tenth anniversary edition of Dr. Chamberlain's 1988 classic, Babies Remember Birth. In paperback format and enriched with a new last chapter this book has the potential to revolutionize the way we look at babies both before and after birth.

Part I is filled with user-friendly information about the mind and abilities of newborns, as well as a thorough look at their development before birth. Parts II and III present evidence that babies do remember birth and are very...

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Reviewer: Theresa M Danna
Date of Review: 03/1999

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The Prenatal Person: Frank Lake's Maternal-Fetal Distress Syndrome
Reviewer: Susana A Hassan-Schwarz Galle
Date of Review: 03/1999

This book examines Frank Lake's Maternal-Fetal Distress Syndrome (M-FDS), as a new and far-reaching paradigm in counseling. The main thesis is that a prenatal environment exists at conception, followed by a week of blissful "union" and non-attachment (the blastocystic stage), then implantation takes place, and a mother-baby bond evolves during pregnancy. The first trimester of intrauterine life is the source of profound imprints affecting one through adult life. Being a physician and an Anglican theologian, Lake's paradigm integrates major sources of knowledge about prenatal development,...

Born To Live: A Holistic Approach to Childbirth/The Physician Within You: Medicine for the Millennium
Reviewer: Elisabeth Hallett
Date of Review: 12/1998

The Physician Within You: Medicine for the Millennium by Gladys Taylor McGarey with Jess Stearn, (1997). Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc.

Dr. Gladys McGarey's holistic approach to medical care is detailed in her new book with Jess Stearn The Physician Within You: Medicine For the Millennium (1997). Two chapters are devoted to pregnancy, birth, and babies. Equally rich is her earlier book, Born To Live: A Holistic Approach to Childbirth (1980) which contains other remarkable stories of old souls in new bodies. McGarey is a doctor twice over, trained in both allopathic...

Born Unwanted: Developmental Effects of Denied Abortion
Reviewer: David B Chamberlain
Date of Review: 12/1998

On the tenth anniversary of this extraordinary publication about unwanted pregnancies, many people are still not familiar with the definitive scientific information it contains. Surely the most comprehensive longitudinal study ever made of the effects of being born unwanted, the findings by collaborators in three countries may be unique. Research on such an ambitious scale is unlikely to be repeated anywhere, making it all the more urgent to acquire in depth understanding the evidence. As few other works can do, this study goes beyond opinion and speculation to illuminate the formative...

The Lone Twin: Understanding Twin Bereavement and Loss
Reviewer: Joy Manné
Date of Review: 12/1998

Joan Woodward's Bereaved Twin Study included interviews with 219 surviving twins whose uterine siblings deaths' occurred at stages ranging from prenatal to adulthood. The bereaved tell about their experiences in their own words and in their own names (very few chose to be anonymous) making the book very moving. From all witnesses, we learn how severe the loss of a twin can be. Although Woodward does not focus on twin losses in utero, there are a number of relevant case histories. When learning they had been a twin, without exception, the survivors said that they had already known about it...

Untouched: The Need for Genuine Affection in an Impersonal World
Reviewer: Kathie Arcide
Date of Review: 12/1998

This book should be required reading for all parents, medical persons, legislators, teachers, psychotherapists-and indeed anyone involved with children of any age. Ashley Montagu writes a strong Foreword and many notable persons including James Prescott, Christiane Northrup, Bernie Siegel, Dolores Krieger, and Stephen and Ondrea Levine have given the book high praise.

Mariana Caplan has done an inspirational job describing the current state of physical contact-or lack of it-among people in our modern world, especially in the fast-moving, extremely impersonal culture of the West. The...

Coming From the Light: Spiritual Accounts of Life Before Life
Reviewer: Elisabeth Hallett
Date of Review: 10/1998

When does consciousness begin? What are the boundaries of the unborn child's awareness? Technology has let us virtually look into the womb to discover the prenate's sensitivity and intelligence. But to learn more, we must rely on other kinds of evidence, such as the reports of children and adults who seem to recall their own birth and prenatal existence. These memories may extend back to conceptionand even farther. A new source of evidence just being recognized is the compelling experiences of parents who feel they have made contact with the soul of their unborn child.

When the...

Reviewer: Michael C Irving
Date of Review: 10/1998
The Little Goo-Roo: Lessons From Your Baby
Reviewer: Sylvia Philpy
Date of Review: 10/1998

The Little Goo-Roo: Lessons From Your Baby, is a poignant, humorous, interactive, and thoughtful book whose purpose is to help awaken consciousness through the experience of child rearing. A charming book written from the point of view of parents who are reaching out to accept the gifts of truth that children inherently bring, the book is a template, organized in a series of 46 lessons. Parenting is presented as an opportunity to cultivate a relationship with the child which will promote personal and spiritual growth.

The book begins by expressing an appreciation and respect for the...

Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence
Reviewer: Millicent Adams Dosh
Date of Review: 03/1998

This very important book will advance the mission of APPPAH. Dr. T. Berry Brazelton calls it a "timely classic" and a "call to alarm". Robin Karr-Morse is a marriage and family therapist tapped for statewide leadership in child welfare and child abuse prevention; she advises the Oregon Legislature on child and family issues. Her co-author, attorney Meredith Wiley is chief of staff to the Oregon Speaker of the House. This powerful duo has worked to restructure services to families and children in Oregon.

The central message of the book is that in seeking an explanation for the rising...