Science is uncovering extraordinary data on how pre- and perinatal experiences have a profound impact on health and human behavior. Life is a continuum, which starts, not as is commonly thought, at birth, but at conception. Mother and child are fundamentally interconnected and babies are sentient beings who are best nurtured when their mothers are provided with a supportive and healthy prenatal environment. Science has discovered that “60-65% of all the cells in the heart are neural cells, precisely the same as those in the brain,” says child development researcher Joseph Pearce. We are all endowed with a thinking, feeling heart. This is just one of the many startling discoveries revealed in this program. All the participants were speakers at the 9th International Congress of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health held in San Francisco.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How the brain develops through the interplay of both experience and genes
- That we have a thinking heart
- A nurturing environment can affect our health later in life
Program Number: 2871 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 6/1/2001