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The Secret Life of the Unborn Child: How You Can Prepare Your Baby for a Happy, Healthy Life Paperback – July 15, 1982


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (July 15, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440505658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440505655
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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** 'A startling account of recent work in this field... a very timely, balanced, useful and thoroughly proficient job by authors who are fully professionals in their subject. R.D Laing --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a must read for anyone who is expecting a child.
Carol
It is purely based on scientific studies and is a great eye-opener to modern medicine and its attitude towards birth.
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This book can be a useful tool for both parents in beginning a respectful and loving relationship with their baby.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By a hopeful mom on May 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was great. It gives in depth knowledge of how mom's emotions, anxieties etc. can effect the fetus. Also important are the effects of the father's relationship with the fetus. This is usually lost in research, but this author has many case studies relating the importance of how pregnancy is percieved by all involved is basically how the baby's personality will probably be shaped. Unlike Jungian theroy, (Children do not form personality traits until toddlerhood)the author suggests that the fetus is affected and aware of it's environment from as early as perhaps 4 months gestation. a fascinating book, I highly recommed this to any expecting parent. It is also written in a very easy to read, non text book fashion.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By spiritjoysmailbox@iname.com on February 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
This was the first book I ever read about the thoughts, feelings, and capabilities of the unborn child. As a childbirth educator, I found the information very valuable in educating my clients about the needs of their unborn babies. It gives us a very clear, vivid picture that those are not just "blobs of tissue" developing in our wombs - they are living, thinking, reacting human beings who have feelings. Hopefully this information will help pregnant women think more carefully about how they take care of themselves during pregnancy and how they can bond with their babies before birth.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Katy A on April 18, 2004
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I was fortunate that a dear friend lovingly packaged & sent this, when she learned of my pregnancy. This book had more impact on me, than any other baby-book I read. It influenced & enhanced the experience of my pregnancy & helped to guide my attitude & behavior even through difficult events that occurred during gestation. It is written from the perspective of love & I believe it contributed significantly to the strong bond that I have with my daughter. I still read it occasionally & find it useful in determining my approach to parenting today. I'm so pleased to have read this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "potions" on October 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
sorry for my spelling but I am from mexico
I am amazed buy the people who dont love this book, personaly I love it perhaps it lacks more proof and more studies but the information can change the life of your children I folowed all their advice for I had no maternal instinct during my pregnacy
so I did everithing the book said to bond with my child, and I can tell it is the best thing I have ever done my daughter and I have a wonderfull bond and I am rereading it again for muy second pregnacy, congradulations to the authers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LouJanel Martin-Miranda, Prenatal and Birth Therapist on May 16, 2004
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Kelly and Dr. Verney's book was introduced to me five years ago and it was life changing. I wish I'd read this book twenty-five years prior when I was birthing my first baby. I read this book after twenty years of working to improve social service and educational systems and feeling like we just aren't getting to the real causes of dysfunctions. This book was instrumental in leading me to healing my own birth trauma and moving into my present work in prenatal and birth therapy and midwifery. Dr. Verney and Kelly are brilliant, ahead of his time. This book should be mandatory reading for every profession that attempts to work with children---obstetricians, pediatricians, teachers, as well as lawmakers and hospital administrators. If read and understood by those in power of medicalized birth (obstetricians, hospitals, and politicians) who could support birthing women and men in a different way, we as a society could create profound peace in our homes and communities, and in the world. [...]
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
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As an OB/GYN, this book is required reading for all of my pregnant patients as well as for those thinking of starting a family. Any physician who is up to date with current peer-reviewed literature in the realm of prenatal psychology would know the value of Dr. Verny's book and his work. ...
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "kayfox" on January 29, 2000
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This is an important book to read early in pregnancy to receive the most benefit, but it's never too late! By citing research,the author adds credence to ideas mothers have known about for centuries about the effects on your unborn baby of your own communications, relationships and experiences while pregnant. This book can be a useful tool for both parents in beginning a respectful and loving relationship with their baby.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on January 7, 2007
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This book was originally written in 1981, and its citations and science should not be taken literally. Many of Verny's points are unsubstantiated-- based on research that looked promising at the time that has since gone nowhere. Other points have been proven wrong over the course of time.

None of this takes away from the important central message in the book. Bonding with your child in the womb is important. The choices that you make regarding how you conduct your pregnancy and birth should be made with that bond in mind. Verny does a very good job of driving that point home. Honestly, I'm not sure that it can be repeated often enough.

Read the book, but read it with a grain of salt. Some of the dated science is actually a little bit harmful, I believe. There's an implied association between unready mothers and stillbirths, for instance, which is particularly unkind to those who have gone through a stillbirth. Childbirth has worry enough involved, without having to take some of the (unproven) points in here to heart.
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