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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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David B. Chamberlain, Ph.D. and Suzanne Arms

JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.

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