Some Abstracts:

Abortion Aftermath

Victoria M. Thorn Abortion is an unnatural end of the natural process of pregnancy. Pregnancy, especially the first, is a passage time for a woman. In the first pregnancy a woman moves into the identity of mother. This involves chemical, psychological, biological changes. The chemistry is designed to move from conception to weaning to complete the cycle. The interference with this process can have permanent physical and psychological impact on the woman. Abortion is always a life changing event. The woman may experience some aspect of the abortion as traumatic. She may experience grief at some future time when dealing with her "mother" identity. Furthermore, the experience of abortion can impact subsequent childbearing because of increased anxiety, difficulties in labor or delivery, or impeded bonding with the baby she has born. The mother/child bond may become distorted, overprotective, or emotionally distant. Sometimes, when an abortion occurs later in a woman's childbearing history, the bond she has with her other children may be disturbed.

Metamorphosis: Addressing Prenatal Pattern

Cindy Silverlock, CMT, CHT Metamorphosis is a hands-on approach that addresses the prenatal patterns through the spinal reflex points of the feet, hands, and head as well as directly on the spine itself. This technique was founded by Robert St. John in the early 1960's. Robert believed that we bring karmic and genetic patterns as well as attitudes toward life with us at conception. These patterns affect our ability to move forth into life fully and freely. Metamorphosis addresses underlying, unconscious attitudes that affect us on a daily basis. This is a gently healing modality that is relaxing to receive and does not require dialog. It allows for deep change without intellectual intervention, trusting the life force to shift out of stuck ways of being on its own.

Prebirth Communication: The Early Bonding

Carista Luminare-Rosen, Ph.D. Research increasingly demonstrates that the prenate is capable of primal feelings during the first trimester. Yet, prospective parents can begin communicating with their future child before it is conceived as well as during the pregnancy. Both the parents and the child can benefit when telepathic communication begins before birth. Preconception and prenatal bonding optimize the physical and psychological development of the child. By educating parents on how to bond with their child before conception and during pregnancy, bonding at birth is a natural occurrence. New parents report greater confidence and trust in their intuitive responses to care for and communicate with their babies. Prebirth bonding can optimize the health of the future child and the evolving parent/child relationship.

Music, Hypnosis, and Bonding

Dolores M. Clark, MFT Music is a pathway to soul and to love. Long before hearing has developed in utero, a child is aware of energetic musical vibrations as well as the mother's emotional and biochemical response. Through shared musical experiences mother and child can psychically bond. Hypnotherapy coupled with music can assist bonding, encourage intrauterine play and dance, resolve fears about childbirth, and prepare both mother and child for childbirth. This musical bonding from preconception to postpartum has life-long implications for the infant's sense of security, sensitivity to art and beauty, and to spiritual awareness. Exercises and techniques were demonstrated.

Infant Massage and Family-Centered Work

Kalena Babeshoff Programs of the International Association of Infant Massage teach both caretakers and parents to massage their own babies in a way that emphasizes listening to, and responding to babies' verbal and non verbal language. Parents are taught how to adapt the massage to the growing child so that massage continues to be a practical way to stay in touch, express love, respect, and nurturing within the family. Massage can meet the needs of healthy babies, babies with special needs, adopted babies, and babies exposed prenatally to drugs.

Environment Influences Human Brain Growth

Chairat Panthuraamphorn, M.D. To test the concept that an enriched prenatal environment can enhance brain growth and development of infants, a multimodal stimulation program was practiced by 150 pregnant women throughout their pregnancy. Results were compared with 150 women who did not use the program. Head circumference was used as the measurement of brain growth and the Denver Developmental Scale was used to evaluate infant development. Other more informal comparisons we made showing fetal learning. Measurements showed that 87.5% of experimental infants showed recognition of the maternal voice and 70% recognized music heard prenatally. Sixty five percent of all babies learned to kick back in response to pats on the abdomen. Experimental infants had significantly greater head circumference than control infants when measured at birth and at six months. These babies demonstrated earlier than control infants the following behaviors: smiling, resisting when a toy was pulled away, playing peek-a-boo, following an object through space, clapping hands, reaching for objects, vocalizing, laughing, turning to voice, calling dada or mama, holding head up, rolling over, and sitting and standing. Experimental babies also calmed down notably when hearing music which had been introduced prenatally, hearing the heart beat sound, rhythmic patting and rocking patterns which had been part of the enrichment program. We believe that prenatal enrichment programs should be introduced routinely in prenatal care as an effective way to enhance mother and child attachment as well as to promote infants' physical, social, emotional, motor, and intelligence development.

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