Sharing Space: To Be or Not to Be: Prenatal Origins of the Existential “Yes” v. the Self Struggle by Marcy Axness

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Dec 2016

Lifelong effects of conflicted pregnancy are explored from the perspective of the “mistakenly” conceived baby and the adult he/she becomes. Braiding current and classic research with her experience as an adoptee, the author focuses on first trimester influences upon an individual’s predisposition toward optimal growth versus chronic existential struggle.

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This article is a sharing of the author's deep knowledge of prenatal and perinatal psychology as related to unwanted pregnancies along with her personal journey as “someone whose own conception was an unintended surprise and who was carried in an ambivalent womb.”