Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Editorial

Article excerpt

In this issue Clara Riley shares with our readers her approach to teaching pregnant mothers to communicate with their babies. I think her account is clear, concise and eminently practical. Those of you who engage in pre-natal counselling will find this article full of helpful hints.

F. Rene Van de Carr and Marc Lehrer bring us up to date on their research in prenatal stimulation. This is an area rife with controversy, even in our own association. It will be discussed in depth at our forthcoming meeting in August at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Totally supported by our rank and file but still hotly debated by established medicine is the issue of pain perception by the human fetus and neonate. Anand and Hickey, from the Department of Anaesthesia of the Harvard Medical School explore in depth current views on this subject. Any one who works in neonatal intensive care units, obstetrics or pediatrics should read this article, then xerox it and pass it along to those doctors who seem to be the most open in the department to humanizing the medical care of infants. Since this paper was first published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the most prestigious of American medical journals, the cynics will have a hard time dismissing it as "flaky. …

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