Conscious Babies in Womb
Yes, as amazing as it sounds, babies are conscious in the womb! They are sentient beings who are recording their first experiences in utero and deeply affected by their earliest imprinting which may be positive or negative. Early traumas received can greatly impact a child and adult’s core belief’s that influence later patterns of learning, psychological well-being and health. Babies need to know that they are wanted and loved from conception on and deeply appreciate having conscious parents who plan for them, bond with them and protect them staring in utero.
Welcoming Consciousness, by Wendy Ann McCarty, Ph.D., is a new book that presents an innovative model of infant development that includes consciousness of the prenate. I consider this book a must read for all expecting parents, parents and infant professionals! I love her beginning words, “When we recognize, acknowledge, and support the sentient being entering human form, we re-constellate our theories, assessments, intervention, parenting practices, and foundational ways of being to support wholeness from the beginning of life.”
Dr. McCarty, formally a labor nurse, has spent the last 25 years doing pioneering clinical work with infants and their families. She developed an expanded view of fetal and infant memory and capabilities that I honor as a prenatal and perinatal psychologist. We therapeutically assist babies to clear birthing and other traumas. They reveal amazing stories about their gestation, labor, birth and early infancy through gestures and body language!
Here are some basic ways to help an infant release and repattern prenatal pain:
- Slow down the pace
- Bring love and compassion to the baby about what he /she has experienced
- Follow the baby’s bodily cues
- Reflect back to him what is he is doing and feeling
- Differentiate the past from the present
As a parent, you can support your baby by acknowledging his consciousness, experiences, feelings and needs. The first step is to listen and watch.