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The Secret Life Of The Unborn Child: A remarkable and controversial look at life before birth [Paperback]

John Kelly , Dr Thomas Verny
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1 Jan 1982

At sixteen weeks the unborn child shies away from light. At twenty weeks there is a response to speech patterns. At twenty-five weeks the baby can kick in time to music. And at six months the unborn baby can understand the subtle shifts of its mother's emotions.

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE UNBORN CHILD presents for the first time the challenging results of two decades of painstaking international research into the earliest stages of life. Dr Verny's knowledge gives both mothers and fathers an unparalleled opportunity to help their unborn children. Now they can contribute actively- before and during birth- to giving their child happiness and security for the rest of his or her life.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 Jan 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751510033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751510034
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,856 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)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely , well researched book 19 Mar 2005
I was so glad to read when pregnant with our first child and loved it so much that I reread it when expecting our second. I didn't find the style at all emotionally loaded; the research was, I felt, discussed and summarised in a relaxed and very readable manner. It helped me think about my child, really got the oxytocin circulating and so I feel , helped me bond with them before I had even seen them.
A wonderful present for expectant parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT BOOK 15 Feb 2011
By BrianB
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This book is obviously written by someone who really knows what he is talking about. It is about psychology - a big difference to the numerous "how to be a parent" webites and books which are mainly concerned with physical development.
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3.0 out of 5 stars informative but a little didactic 15 Feb 2001
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I thought this book had some really interesting things to say and it taught me a lot I hadn't known about the gestation period of a baby. However I did think that the book was quite emotionally loaded. By stressing what harm you can do to a baby if you are feeling stressed or under pressure yourself I felt it could put an added burden onto a mother's shoulders. Pregnancy is often a difficult and emotional time for a woman and it's bad enough feeling bad yourself every time you break down or get angry when you wouldn't normally, without having to then think that your child could be suffering as well. I think it is admirable that the author is trying to put across the point of view of the child but I think that there needs to be more balance and understanding of the mother's position too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating guide to the unseen l 8 April 2014
By Hanna
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A must read for health practitioner, future or present parent. The book offers a wealth of information on prenatal life of a baby, alongside an analysis of developmental factors - such as external environment, mother's health and emotions experienced during pregnancy and during/after childbirth,
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