Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

The Alchemical Dance of Mother and Infant: A Blueprint for Co-Creative Dyadic Unity during the Prenatal and Perinatal Period

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

The Alchemical Dance of Mother and Infant: A Blueprint for Co-Creative Dyadic Unity during the Prenatal and Perinatal Period

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ABSTRACT: This theoretical dissertation considered the biological and psychological importance of the dance between mother and infant from conception through the bonding period. It proposed a unifying dance metaphor of pre- and perinatal motherinfant alchemical dance to provide a psychological term describing their first organizing co-creative dynamics. The process of alchemical dance is postulated to be Nature's blueprint for the initial creational unfolding of human development. The function of this dance patterning was to create new life, organize infant embodiment, enhance mother-infant unity, and infuse a sense of belonging in relationship. There are different characteristics between prenatal and perinatal dance. The theoretical construct was based on multidisciplinary scientific theories, joined with ancient philosophies, gathered from quantum physics, psychoanalytic theory, developmental psychological theory, prenatal and perinatal psychology and infant programming, biology and affective neuroscience, and from knowledge of the divine feminine, ancient dance, and alchemy. The use of metaphor was the primary methodology. The dissertation advanced a theoretical framework for prenatal and perinatal psychology. Implications placed new value on creating educational programs for conscious parenting during the pre and perinatal period, based on the principles of alchemical dance.

KEY WORDS: Prenatal and perinatal psychology, theory, dance, neuroscience, pregnancy, parenting, mother infant bonding


Theoretical inquiry was the design for this dissertation that postulated new conceptual foundations for the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. Theory brings into coherent "form the concept and principles used in the exploration and conceptual organization of reality" (Olds, 1992, p. 42). According to Stinchcome (1968), the primary reason for constructing theory about social and psychological phenomena is to explore patterns of observation in the world. My contribution to the history of ideas, as a theorist in prenatal and perinatal psychology, was to suggest that dance-movement patterning is Nature's intelligent blueprint for mother infant co-creative symbiosis from conception through the bonding period. It proposed the important role of dance and alchemy as catalytic processes that underlie initial human patterning and development. This scientific topic is relevant and timely for a theoretical dissertation. Schore (1994), an affective neurobiologist, stated that the objective of science is now to identify the patterning of early human development as "the beginning of living systems set the stage for every aspect of an organism's internal and external functioning" (p. 4).

Definitions of Dance and Alchemy

This theoretical dissertation provided a scholarly and scientific argument, based on multidimensional scientific theories and ancient philosophies, that early pre- and perinatal mothering function is a pre- and perinatal mother-infant alchemical dance and is a co-creative dyadic process. "Dance" was broadly defined by Hanna (1987) as "rhythmical movement as organized energy" and "human movement as a non-verbal form of expression" (p. 14). Alchemy , as an ancient science, was broadly defined as the study of "transformational processes in the perfection and evolution of matter" (Scully, 2003, p. 8). Kenyon and Sion (2002) defined alchemy as "the art and science of changing one form into another, and inner alchemy transforms the energy of consciousness and the life force of embodiment into expanded awareness" (p. 312).

The Theorists

This dissertation was based upon the works of thirty-five prominent theorists. Bohm (1950, 1980), Capra (1975,1996, 2001, 2002), Del Re (2000), Hunt (1968, 1989), Lewis & Granic (2000), Kenny (1988), Kauffman (1993), McCraty (2000, 2003), McTaggart (2000), Wolf, (2000, 2001), and Zukav (1979) are experts on the topics of physics and related studies of field and chaos theory as well as heart math. …

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