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The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study was to better understand parents? experiences of bonding with their babies in utero and after birth, and to discover the relevance of a prenatal and perinatal psychology (PPN) based bonding class in this process. Five couples were recruited from prenatal parenting classes in Santa Barbara, CA, and interviewed in person 2-6 months after giving birth. Benefits of the class for the parents included developing awareness of the consciousness of unborn babies, learning methods for bonding prenatally, and finding ways to communicate with a newborn. Suggestions for the future included offering tips for healing after a traumatic birth, normalizing the postpartum period, and easing the pressure prospective and new parents feel. This underscores the necessity of PPN educators using sensitivity and creativity in imparting this new perspective.


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