Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Teaching Mother/Fetus Communication: A Workshop on How to Teach Pregnant Mothers to Communicate with Their Unborn Children

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Teaching Mother/Fetus Communication: A Workshop on How to Teach Pregnant Mothers to Communicate with Their Unborn Children

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ABSTRACT: There has been much in literature about the to-be-born child's ability to receive stimuli such as sounds heard inside and outside the womb (e.g. music, the mother's heartbeat, etc . . .), various emotions felt by the mother, and physical trauma. Little has been said about the ability of the mother to communicate directly with her unborn child and the ability of that child to respond in a way that the mother can understand. In this workshop, we posit that communication, by way of meditation, can be taught, and that many benefits may accrue. I will first trace the evolution of this idea and then discuss the process.

ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON THE FETUS

The idea of the physical environment impacting on the unborn child has been well-accepted and scientifically documented (Chamberlain, 1983). That the fetus* physical environment could affect its emotional development is a more novel idea, presupposing the prenatal consciousness (Verny, 1981).

In the United States, the first reports of psychological influences on the fetus were delivered in 1978 at the annual convention of Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Cheek, Watkins, van Heusen).

Since that time, there have been many clinical reports presented, both at conferences and in the literature. For instance, Claus Bick alone has reported over 1,000 cases in his practice (Bick, 1985).

MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL INFLUENCES

Mothers and philosophers have long written on the effects of the mother's thoughts and emotions on the unborn child. Philosopher Omraam Michael Aivanhov has written of "Spiritual Galvanoplasty" which illustrates how the infant absorbs the thoughts and emotions of the mother. Psychotherapists working in hypnosis sometimes find that patients who seem to be abreacting puzzling emotional states have actually regressed to the womb and are subsequently reporting the emotional state of the parent (often despair) which has been absorbed into their own consciousness in a kind of "emotional contagion" (Anthony).

I'd now like to present and excerpt from my own case files concerning an adult female who seemed to be reacting to a physical trauma that occurred at about two weeks in utero. This is verbatim dialogue which took place in therapy, with the patient in hypnosis:

Patient: Every - every - every time I want something-this is really physical. It's nerves. It's not even emotional. It's want. It's air. It's food. It's want. Whenever I want something, I get cut off. (Pause) If I don't want, if I'm very still-I-will stay alive?

Therapist: Yes, you will stay alive.

P: So -1 was very still . . .

T: And what you wanted at that time - was to live?

P: Yes. But-it makes so much sense. I want-I think this has happened to me in every way from the very beginning. Want, and then disconnection as soon as I want it and then being able to survive.

T: The pattern was laid down when you were very, very tiny, and what you wanted was to live, and you did live.

P: I did live.

T: And it's okay to go ahead and experience what you experienced, then these contractions came, and your little body was all nerves and in an awful lot of pain.

P: Uh-huh.

T: And you were still, and you did keep living.

P: Uh-huh.

T: But now there's a part of you that knows what was happening to disturb you in that dark, closed in place that's supposed to be very safe.

P: Yes. There is a part of me that knows. This is connected with not seeing or hearing. Everything else is away. That's why it was so fragile, because I felt only like a life-form-just something to stay alive with.

The patient went on to explain that a blow from the outside had caused both the physical disturbance and the fear. This fear had followed her throughout her life, inhibiting her performance and interpersonal relationships. After she experienced the fear and discovered its fallacious generalizations, she was free to achieve academically and form long-term, satisfactory relationships. …

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