Did you know that what happens in the womb during pregnancy sets the template for the entire life of the child? Pregnancy is the period when the baby’s brain is forming and developing neural pathways that contribute to the child’s future beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. As the mother/child bond grows during pregnancy, either love or fear can underlie the foundation for the child’s development. The mother’s emotional state during this gestational time has a direct impact on the future physical, mental and emotional states her child will exhibit later in life. The father also plays a significant role, even if absent, because the relationship between the parents directly affects the mother’s emotional state, which, in turn, affects the fetus. Therefore, it is important to educate all women, especially those who are pregnant, and their families about this stage of human development and its far-reaching consequences.
In other words, what happens in the womb does not stay in the womb. Instead, what happens in the womb sets the stage for the future life of the child. Science and medicine are just beginning to understand the importance of this stage of development. Psychology as a discipline has not yet recognized prenatal life as a full stage of development, much less as the most important stage. It is our vision to bring this knowledge to the forefront.