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Prenatal Parenting: The Complete Psychological and Spiritual Guide to Loving Your Unborn Child Hardcover – October 16, 2001

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Wirth (clinical associate professor of pediatrics, Tufts Univ. Sch. of Medicine) has been working with premature babies for more than 20 years. He was also physician to Elizabeth Carr, the first U.S. test tube baby. His experiences and research have led him to believe that quality medical care does not guarantee a healthy baby; just as vital is the "psychological and spiritual content of your life." Everything women (and their partners) think, feel, and do while pregnant, he argues, has a profound impact on the child before and after birth. Here, he instructs parents-to-be on how to handle stress, avoid low self-esteem, and talk to their unborn child. Wirth contends that a parent's connection with a child is more intimate prior to birth owing to direct chemical communication. He repeatedly notes that an infant has an incredible learning capacity and that what is learned in utero and in the first few months outside the womb will set the stage for the rest of a child's life. This well-written treatise is clinical in detail, and most public library patrons do not need as much as it offers. Nevertheless, the author's passion for his subject is contagious. Recommended for larger public library parenting collections and academic library child development collections. Lisa Powell Williams, Moline P.L., IL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Please read this book. It just may be the greatest gift you ever give your child.” (—Steven W. Vannoy, author of The Ten Greatest Gifts We Give Our Children)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; 1 edition (October 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060394226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060394226
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Marsteller on January 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Wirth is a physician with a true passion for what he does. As a perinatalogist/neonatologist, he's worked closely with premature babies and thus has been able to study closely why they have been born under early circumstances. His findings are well supported by research both on the field and within his own findings.
He explains clearly, in layman's terms, how the mother and her partner have a HUGE influence on laying the architectural framework of the baby's brain while they are still in-utero, that is, still in the mother's womb. The parent's attitudes, emotions, mental health, and spiritual health greatly impact the laying down of this framework, and ultimately affect your child's temperement, disposition, personality, ability to deal with stress, etc...
This book not only educates you about the developmental processes at work, but does so in a manner that is interesting, and nothing at all like a boring didactic schoolbook. Not only for those who want to prevent a premature birth, but also for those who wish to bring their baby into this world with the advantage of feeling loved, secure, balanced, and ready to learn with an easy disposition that can ultimately have a lifetime effect well into adulthood. Dr. Wirth will show you how to be at peace, be happy, be positive, and be spiritual during this important time.
Not only for expectant mothers, but for their partners, family members, the grandparents, or simply anyone who is fascinated by the human bonds which can be created during conception and during the formative years thereafter.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Without getting into too many details of my pregnancy and why it was so stressful, I want to share how much this book meant to me. I was suddenly single 4 mos into my pregnancy and cried for the next 2 months solid. I accidently came across this book while I was heading for the self-help section at a bookstore and the title jumped out at me. It caused a complete 180 degree change in my attitude. It helped me to focus on "parenting my unborn daughter". Every emotion I experienced, I shared with my daughter, and I had to control those emotions and provide her with the best environment to grow. It helped me to understand the development, both physical and mental, of my daughter.I read quite a few baby books (What to expect... etc.) while I was pregnant, but this was so different, and I learned more of what was happening inside me and inside of my daughter in this one book. I also learned how to parent the child before she was even born. I learned how to express my love (and the very real affects of my love on my daughter) to someone who couldn't show it back yet. I learned more about myself. I buy this book for every new parent out there. My daughter is now 16 mos old, and I still read it and get something out of it everytime.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Connie Hambrock on November 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was introduced to Dr. Wirth's work at a convention. His whole pregnancy approach to building a better life for the baby through the "Peaceful Womb" and getting Dad and Mom fully involved with making time for the baby before the baby is born, was a new concept to most in the lecture. The idea of "Fetal Love Breaks" every day, the Exercise videos and relaxing CDs that go with the program are great. I really enjoyed attending the Prenatal Parenting Program classes, too. Until you experience Dr. Wirth's peaceful concept of creating greater neurological development in the baby's brain through greater couple communication, it is difficult to understand how very deeply we are involved daily with the cellular creation of this baby. Thank you Dr. Wirth for creating the Prenatal Parenting Program with all the Classes, books, workbooks, tapes and CD's to support our learning about the importance of conscious creation and birth of the peaceful child. I know it has changed my life and the lives of many babies, children and mothers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kristine M. Wallace on April 15, 2002
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This is not a shove-religion-down-your-throat book at all! The author states that he uses God, while readers can insert their own word, belief, etc. And he does not advocate women staying in the home - he simply suggests ways to ease your stress.
There is a great deal of important information in this book that every pregnant American women should read. American women are too stressed and this is leading to crime and violence - just read a little bit about European women and their practices and benefits. No wonder American women are stressed - the government does nothing to help them raise future generations!
Wake up! Start loving your baby before it's born.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2002
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Dr. Dean Ornish taught us how meditation (along with nutritious eating and exercise) could reduce heart disease. Deepak Chopra explained how keeping your mind active could help retard physical aging. And now Dr. Frederick Wirth shows us in a very easy to read and inspiring book how the spiritual and psychological health of a pregnant woman has been proven to effect the health and brain development of her child.
The evidence is there - ("Linking Infant Mortality and Stress - Many experts now conclude that stress causes release of hormones that weaken the uterus, leading to premature delivery or mortality," NY Times, Feb. 6, 2002) and the logic is obvious - you can't just take prenatal vitamins and exercise a little during pregnancy and expect to have a healthy baby if you're also angry, stressful, anxious, fighting with your partner or not sleeping. Think of the "acid rainshowers" you're causing in that womb.
Dr. Wirth explains how meditation, relaxation, spirituality and "fetal love breaks" can improve pregnancies and lessen the likelihood of premature births. This is information that every pregnant woman should have. Thank you, Dr. Wirth!
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