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Dear Dr. Verny:
Greetings this glorious holyday season. Hoping this letter finds you inspired and living fully "as usual." We send our love to you from our Alchemical Bakery. All is well.
I've been meaning to write earlier about the erratum, pg. 63 of Volume 2, Number 1 of our Journal. The arrival of the Fall '89 Journal prompted this letter. Firstly, the P.O. Box you list in the review of Prenatal Yoga & Natural Birth was incorrect. It should be PO BOX 398, Monroe, Utah 84754 for Freestone Publishing Company. Thank you in advance for rectification.
Secondly and primarily I write with a tender curiosity about readers' response to "Halley's Waterbirth." Since you hadn't singled any other author out for criticism, and then set the stage for some "heartless scientist" to deem my anecdotal research as "inappropriate" in this journal, I am excited to see how the drama unfolds. Please do forward copies of any letters received with information re: "Halley's Waterbirth." I have so much yet to learn about perinatal psychology and purebirth.
I appreciated Rima's nosology article greatly. I would suggest "Holding Therapy" be more prominent in the title. Her work with Budd Hopkins also entered my awareness quite recently.
Lastly if you are aware of Richard Grossinger's Embryogenesis, you know that I am not in favor of high tech diagnosis or experimentation on animal/humans at any stage of development. I hold any information gleaned under such circumstances suspicious as the perceptual lenses were already framed yielding limited data. Too Procrustean for my bed.
In this light I found the research for psychological impact of fetal* imaging dangerous. Of course, since it IS already happening, we may as well find a good use for sonogramic scanning. Yet it's analogous to finding some positive outcome for trepanning, since it happened-and anything that happens here by learned men must be good.
Sonogramic tests may demonstrate a relaxation into attachment but that is nothing new. There always have been multiple strategies for isolating and building up the egoic body of man. We need human families who bond naturally, spiritually and transcend the egoic primal attachments formed by medical ritual.
What IS new is egoic surrender into parenthood rather than high tech substantiation of anxiety and stress in the face of the unknown. And who suffers the most for this test? This routine prenatal ritual was originally planned to help perinatal professionals, primary health care providers, see into the mystery, prove their visions and "MANage pregnancy." A side-product, attachment/bonding between baby and parents, lately in cultural fashion, nevertheless increases the ego's illusion of controlling the separate realities.
So who suffers the most for sonogramic technology? Everyone. The baby is invaded/penetrated/scanned and the way energy works, for every action is a reaction. Like X-rays, later down the road the radiation damage was manifest. Not just the recipients of the medical procedure but the provider as well has also suffered the effects of radiation. So it might be with sonogram. Subtler damage perhaps. Maybe in the various forms of "ethical and legal" issues a prenate will continue to bring up for medical science. The harm will surface, some day.
In the meantime, this research would benefit from reading Dr. Laibow's understanding of nosology and apply its distilled wisdom. Personally I prefer for prenatal scanning to become a relic of the past, NOW. Routine prenatal ritual which is "software" and harmless is available and has a better outcome than medical management so let's see articles which support this trend rather than finding some more good reasons to maintain the primal illusion. There is no end to the ways our need to "be in control" and "know" can manifest; this is an old story.
Rather than obstetrics turn into a science of consolation, let us reframe parental perinatal anxiety and stress from another field of perception. One which reverences life, mystery and vows to be harmless in all modalities.
Thank you Dr. Verny for a perfect performance in the capacity of editor. I love the selection of work in our Journal.
Jeannine Parvati Baker
P.O. Box 398
Monroe, Utah 84754
Dear Dr. Verny:
I am very happy to have received the 2nd PPP Journal, Winter 88. In it there was what I have been waiting for (mother-fetus communication)! I haven't read it all yet, but I am planning to. Although I do not have a medical background I find some of the articles very informative, and others easy to read and understand. I also appreciate the way the journal covers a variety of subjects and offers solutions concerning the infant's health and development in the prenatal and postnatal period through the propositions expounded.
I am very excited, being a Venezuelan, by the fact that the Venezuelan Government has adopted and adapted the prenatal University program, as Dr. Van de Carr's article explains, in an effort to help improve infant care and prevent child abuse. I think this is wonderful! A great number of people have benefited from our government's concern for education in many different areas. In fact, I am here in Canada due to their help through a grant I received to initiate studies of music, leading into the music therapy field.
I would like to tell you briefly about my program. Many of the mothers who have participated in the project seem to be very happy about their newborns in terms of how alert as well as how settled (low noise) many of them are! It is also nice to hear from some how music has played a role in easing up childcare tasks and their new role as mothers.
After having read the Journal Editorial, Winter 88, I am more inclined than ever to communicate about these things. I am thinking of sending you a report copy of my humble project carried out at Grace Hospital soon. I hope it will be of interest to you.
* Brown, G.F (1988). Short term impact of fetal imaging on paternal stress and anxiety. Pre-and Peri-Natal Psychology Journal 3(1) 25-40.