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After a struggle of many decades, the true dimensions of fetal consciousness are emerging, thanks to a growing literature of firsthand reports from parents and abundant observations of life in the womb. In retrospect, scientific views of the sensory, emotional, and mental nature of prenates and newborns, grounded exclusively in a brain-matter paradigm, were grossly inadequate. A new paradigm is replacing it based on baby awareness and knowing. This presentation offers some initial guidelines for parents and birth professionals who seek two-way communication with babies before birth-a dialog that promises greater safety, meaning, and satisfaction in pregnancy and childbirth.
KEY WORDS: fetal consciousness, fetal memory, fetal senses, fetal learning, prenatal communication, brain-matter paradigm, new paradigm of awareness.