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Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press. 269 pp. ISBN: 0-595-22361-3
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Stories of the Unborn Soul: The Mystery and Delight of Pre-Birth Communication (2002)
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December, 2002
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Stories of the Unborn Soul is a dynamic and thought provoking collection of heartfelt, personal accounts, of doctors, nurses, midwives, parents, grandparents, and children, of prenatal "soul" experiences. If you believe in love connecting couples together to have children, you will be inspired and touched by these stories, which show life essence and love crossing all known physical boundaries. If you allow it to, this book will dispel any doubt in your mind that we have a spirit essence or soul connection. If you are a skeptic regarding pre-birth connections, this book will challenge you intellectually and perhaps prompt you to question softly, "Why?"

In no way does Elisabeth Hallet attempt to talk you into believing as she does, in the existence of different levels of soul connection, but rather systematically and with care guides you through a very controversial topic in a way that lends itself to support you drawing your own conclusions. Interspersed within the stories are many credible statements and quotes from well-known and respected researchers, scientists, psychologists, doctors, nurses, and midwives. The book is written clearly and in language for both the professional and parent, lending itself as an educational tool for childbirth classes.

Even though Hallett humbly admits the lack of empirical data to support her work, her extensive bibliography suggests otherwise. She is an independent researcher with a background in psychology and nursing. She has published two other books, In the Newborn Year (1992), about postpartum awareness changes, and Soul Trek: Meeting Our Children on the Way to Birth (1995), an in-depth study of prebirth communication.

Hallett says pre-birth communication is a sense of contact with a child not yet born. The contact comes with a sense or feeling of another being or consciousness being present, through a dream, inner voice, external message, or vision. Many of us have had déjà vu experiences in our lives. Many parents experience a presence at the time of conception, during pregnancy, or right before the impending birth. Isn't it wonderful to think that babies are talking and announcing themselves before arriving?

Writes Hallet, "Each story is like a piece of colored glass, a kind of magic lens. Looking through ... a world different from the world you are used to, the one you've been told is real." True to her word, she leads the reader on a wondrous journey to look in on "the shiver sign," preconception visits, preexistence, past-life memories, pregnancy dreams and visions, lifesaving prenatal intuitions, soul agreements and plans, homesick souls, and grandparent and sibling connections. This "Grandparent Link" is moving and comforting in its view of eternal spirit connections through family ties. Hallett also includes insightful and meaningful chapters on miscarriage, prenatal loss, and abortion.

The author poses questions about miscommunications and faulty interpretations, and she acknowledges that "even the clearest visions" can sometimes not "come true." She notes that all communications are brought through a person, and every person has a unique intellectual emotional filter through which each communication must pass. She further explains that fate and free will are at work here, such as the will of a soul to change course. She touches on the idea of a life plan, supported by many researchers into reincarnation and past-life memories. Soul agreements are explored in some amazing personal accounts.

Probably one of the most touching sections of the book for me is the part where children themselves describe past-life, pre-birth, and birth memories, as well as intuitions regarding the birth of a sibling. Within my own experience, many children are very spontaneous with these stories when between two and four years old. Sometimes they are in the form of nightmares-of drowning in water, being squeezed too tight, being pulled out of a hole, and seeing a tunnel of light. Many speak openly in play therapy about past lives and seem to carry deep soul wisdom about family issues. Many are aware, before being told, of a sibling's impending arrival.

Another quote from the book that struck a chord was, "Imagine for a moment that you were born into a family of people who never have dreams, and doesn't believe that such things exist..." This poses some questions. As adults do we have a responsibility to allow more openly children to have their dreams and visions? Other cultures have for centuries empowered this skill as necessary for a community to exist in peace. More importantly, must we validate and foster soul connection as a form of family bonding and love? Interesting thoughts to ponder in light of current family issues and crises.

In the last chapter, Hallett voices similar concerns and calls for more researchers to help validate and expand these powerful connections. Are we more than what we see? Are we a powerful force before and after birth? Are we aware of our impact on the world as we arrive? The theories of spirit connection and soul essence are compelling. Hallett's insights show us we can promote the well-being of children and family, we can add more awareness to pre-birth, pregnancy, and birth experiences as well as early childhood, by being more open to what may be possible.

The last line in Elizabeth Hallett's book says it all, "It's really too beautiful a secret to keep all to ourselves."