Early and Very Early Parenting: New Territories
In the Western world, the beginnings of parenthood have been obscured by the pervasive materialism of medicine and psychology which doubts the cognitive status of neonates and denies the human aspects of fetal behavior. This has led to confusion about the nature of parenthood and when it begins. What is currently referred to as "early" parenting begins after birth and is at least nine months late. If discoveries in prenatal psychology are to be taken seriously, early parenting begins after conception and very early parenting begins before conception. These eras of parenting are new territories and are the first frontier of optimal human development.
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* The President's address at the 8th International Congress of APPPAH, December 4, 1997. Dr. Chamberlain may be reached at 909 Hayes Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. APPPAH Web Site: http://www.birthpsychology.com