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Increasing numbers of people, from age two and upward, are remembering their own birth. They are doing this with a variety of methods and sometimes no method at all. Although controversial for a century, these memories can now be set hi a broad empirical framework for the first time. Narrative memories of birth are documentaries of potentially great significance. Four dimensions are cited: 1) Clinical. A growing literature indicates the importance of birth in the creation of many psychological problems. In birth memories we can see the onset of pathology and devise appropriate methods of treatment; 2) Humanistic. Birth reports are first-person accounts of human feelings, values, virtues, and shortcomings. They reveal how babies are affected by parents, doctors, and nurses; 3) Wholistic. Memories indicate a fully sentient, cognitive newborn, capable of communication and intimacy; and 4) Transpersonal. Birth memories contain wisdom, compassion, analytical thinking, perspective, values and other precocious manifestations of higher consciousness. They raise fundamental questions about the nature of babies and all other persons. Examples given were obtained, with permission, in hypnosis by the author in his psychology practice.
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David B. Chamberlain, Ph.D.
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