Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Babies Remember Birth

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Babies Remember Birth

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Babies Remember Birth. David Chamberlain, Ph.D. (1988) Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. 9110 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90069.

This is David Chamberlain's long awaited book about the mind and personality of newborns. It is the result of a decade of painstaking work, collecting hundreds of pieces of research on the newborn and unborn child and his own pioneering studies on hypnotic regression of mother and child dyads. Babies Remember Birth is a wonderfully caring and humane book with a strong spiritual bent. Reading this book one begins not only to appreciate but admire the mind of the newborn.

Two excerpts will illustrate this point.

I felt I knew a lot-I really did. I thought I was pretty intelligent. I never thought about being a person, just a mind. And so when the situation was forced on me, I didn't like it too much.

I saw all these people acting real crazy. That's when I thought I really had a more intelligent mind, because I knew what the situation was with me, and they didn't seem to.

They seemed to ignore me. They were doing things to me-to the outside of me. But they acted like that's all there was. When I tried to tell them things, they just wouldn't listen, like that noise wasn't really anything. It didn't sound too impressive, but it was all I had.

I just really felt like I was more intelligent than they were.


I'm like a little cream puff and I can feel the vibrations. They waited seven years to have me. If they were disappointed that I wasn't a boy they didn't show it. No, no, they're just standing there like two silly little kids. And I'm the prize.

And I just know it, too. I'm just so little and so perfect and so loved! And I don't even know how to talk-all I can do is scream and holler and carry on. …

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