There has been much in literature about the to-be-born child's ability to receive stimuli such as sounds heard inside and outside the womb (e.g. music, the mother's heartbeat, etc . . .), various emotions felt by the mother, and physical trauma. Little has been said about the ability of the mother to communicate directly with her unborn child and the ability of that child to respond in a way that the mother can understand. In this workshop, we posit that communication, by way of meditation, can be taught, and that many benefits may accrue. I will first trace the evolution of this idea and then discuss the process.
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Clara M. Riley, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
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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.