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The nine-month period from conception to birth, previously hidden and mysterious, is increasingly illuminated by the technology of science. Signs of intelligent behavior early in gestation cast new light on traditional ideas about the brain, learning, memory, self, and the primal origins of relationships. In the womb, relationships are everything; mother and child are progressively linked by physical senses, the aura of emotion, and their mutual perceptions of outside events. Their relationship is carried forward to birth, when babies learn much more about people and life. Machine age birth with its painful routines, intrusive manipulation, chemical agents, and nurseries teaches powerful lessons which can have lasting impact. The faculty of unconscious memory, increasingly breached and probed in psychotherapy, is particularly revealing of the primal foundations of sex, love, and relationships.
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David B. Chamberlain, Ph.D.
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