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Drawing upon an impressive body of writing and published research in the area of prenatal and perinatal psychology, the author here presents her own thoughts about the critical importance of the prenatal and perinatal period as foundational for the later moral development and behavior of the person. She argues that any design for moral education must take this early period into account. Mutual connection or affectional bonding between people, when honored during the time of prenatal life, birth, breastfeeding and early infancy, acts as a template influencing how later experiences are felt, perceived and integrated. The origins of love as well as of alienation lie in prenatal and perinatal interactions with mother, caretakers and culture.
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Millicent Adams Dosh, MA
Millicent Adams Dosh, MA is a Montessori educator and post-partum doula. This Article was presented at the First Conference on the Ethics of Parenting held by the Center for Applied Ethics, Pace University, New York City, February 1999. Correspondence may be directed to email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 4124 Harriet Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409 (Phone) 612-827-1818.