Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Love Letters before Birth and Beyond

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Love Letters before Birth and Beyond

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Love Letters Before Birth and Beyond by Mary Knight, Traverse City, MI: Single Eye Publishing, 1997. $14.95. ISBN 0-9654970-0-3 (Phone orders: 1-888-929-9150).

Mary Knight kept a diary of 38 love letters she wrote to her baby during pregnancy and the first weeks of young motherhood. They remained quietly stored away for 16 years until she had the vision to share them as a means of inspiring other pregnant mothers to begin a journal of their own. These "letters," at first addressed to the unborn baby, reveal a gamut of thoughts and feelings and constitute a rich model for the inner work of pregnancy. The letters show how to establish a personal line of communication at an early stage of pregnancy.

Readers will marvel at both the innocence and courage of this authentic chronicle of a woman's honest emotions from discovery of pregnancy through the birth and postpartum period. This mother allows us to look inside where fear and passion dwell side by side, where clarity of focus is achieved through earnest self-expression, and inspiration arises from faithful dialog with the soul that is taking up residence within. …

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