Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Make Way for Baby!

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Make Way for Baby!

Article excerpt

Make Way for Baby! (Video, 55 minutes, 1997). Written by Anna Arenas and produced by Carlos Arenas in collaboration with Dr. Beatriz Manrique. (Available in Spanish or English from Amphion Communications Inc., 4701 N. Federal Highway, Suite 301-C1 Pompano Beach, FL 33064. Tel: 954-782-8668).

Based on the work of Beatriz Manrique, Ph.D., this video proposes an emotional and intellectual head start for parents and babies. Its subtitle, 'Talking your way through pregnancy while improving your baby's mind" indicates a dual goal to increase communication between the parents and babies as well as to enhance the baby's intellectual and physical abilities.

Supporting these goals, the video relies on cutting-edge research showing language and math reasoning may be improved by specific prenatal practices; that early communication techniques which stimulate memory, attention, and association learning can result in earlier development and lasting academic benefits. However, equal, if not greater importance is placed on establishing emotional and intellectual connections before birth, thereby assuring continuation of caring, love and communication after birth. Although pragmatic in approach and abounding with exercises and lessons, the primary emphasis is on reciprocal prenatal communication and bonding which underlie the future capacity for love and emotional stability.

Organized by trimesters, the video delineates the physical and mental capacities of the developing baby at each week or stage, and then proceeds to the techniques, exercises and interactions appropriate for those stages. …

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