Honouring the intimacy and privacy of the parents' relationship with their unborn baby

Smith, Alexandra
October 2014
International Journal of Birth & Parent Education;Autumn2014, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p7
Academic Journal
Respecting what we now know about neuroscience, brain development and the maternal-foetal relationship (Music, 2013; Balbernie, 2013), the first part of this article considers tensions that arise when scientists and policy makers use this knowledge to judge a woman's capacity to mother even before her baby is born. Its focus is on the mother and inferences are drawn that help define the role of the childbirth educator as a resource for the mother, rather than an agent for the state. The second part of the article describes how practitioners might support mothers and fathers in using relaxation and reflective imagination during pregnancy to become increasingly comfortable in their parenting role and to develop rich and positive representations of their baby.


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