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The routine collision of babies with medical technology betrays ignorance that the baby is sentient and is an active partner in pregnancy and birth. Nineteenth century ideas about the baby and the baby's brain keep obstetric "management" of birth from being baby-friendly. This paper illuminates the prenatal psyche, its sensory foundations, its social and cognitive orientation, and its vulnerability to obstetrical interventions.


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