We tend to assume that babies have little sensation or awareness before birth. Far from it! say these researchers into the world of the unborn child. “Emotions are chemistry in the blood,” says Lipton, “and the chemistry of emotions passes through that placental barrier just as well as nutrients.” And these experiences then create lifelong patterns of behavior, positive or otherwise. Findeisen points out, however, that it’s never too late to treat negative patterns learned before birth: “Prenatal psychology offers people an opportunity to remember what they came in with.” The implications of their findings are enormous. This program offers provocative listening for anyone who has ever spent time in the womb. Findeisen is vice-president of the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health.
Lipton is a cellular biologist, and Heiniger-White is co-author of Kids Learn from the Inside Out (Mosby 1994).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- Why you may have trouble accepting love
- The enduring results of premature or traumatic birth
- Feelings of an unborn child
- How a mother’s emotions are transmitted to a fetus
- Why violent behavior begins with babyhood
- The crucial importance of touch to infant brain development
- The aftereffects of a “blue-baby” birth
- Why many adults don’t really know how to crawl
- The work of APPAH, an organization studying birth-related experience
- Being master rather than victim of your own heredity
- How life experience may become genetic material
Program Number: 2661 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/16/1997