Welcoming Consciousness

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Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology has been studying our earliest development from the baby's point of view for over 30 years. Findings reveal we are conscious, aware beings who already have a sense of self as we begin human life. This book explores the mysteries of our multidimensional nature and the extraordinary stories babies, children, and adults tell us of their life in the womb and during birth.

Nearly all of today’s early development models and understandings assume ...

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Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies' Wholeness from the Beginning of Life?An Integrated Model of Early Development

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Overview

Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology has been studying our earliest development from the baby's point of view for over 30 years. Findings reveal we are conscious, aware beings who already have a sense of self as we begin human life. This book explores the mysteries of our multidimensional nature and the extraordinary stories babies, children, and adults tell us of their life in the womb and during birth.

Nearly all of today’s early development models and understandings assume biology is our primary nature and that the capacity for sentience is dependent on brain development. Our current professional and parenting practices are built upon these fundamental assumptions.

The Integrated Model of early development developed in Welcoming Consciousness moves beyond current biology-first models to embrace both our transcendent and human perspectives and capacities and evolves how we can best support babies’ multidimensional wholeness and human potential from the beginning of life.

The Integrated Model is built upon clinical findings and extensive review of research in infant development, prenatal and perinatal psychology, integral psychology, and consciousness studies. The touching clinical stories included bring these new concepts alive and the 30 page bibliography gives the reader avenues to explore this territory more fully.

“This unique work of Dr. McCarty is an intellectual milestone–the first attempt to integrate theory and practice of prenatal and perinatal psychology with other developmental theories.”

— David Chamberlain, PhD, author, The Mind of Your Newborn Baby

Welcoming Consciousness is an exceptional asset to the growing understanding of both the exquisite awareness and delicate vulnerabilities that babies bring with them into the world. All those interested in enhancing the well-being of prenates, newborns, and toddlers will benefit from the wisdom that Dr. McCarty shares from her vast clinical experience and research.”

— Peter A. Levine, PhD, co-author Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and author, In An Unspoken Voice

“An enlightened culture would attend to the developmental needs of its newborn and unborn with exquisite care and consciousness. This extraordinary book tells us how.”

— Donna Eden, author, Energy Medicine and Energy Medicine for Women

“I highly recommend Welcoming Consciousness, its perspective on integrating mind, body and spirit has the potential to change the world. Dr. McCarty’s synthesis of leading edge biomedical science, current psychology and the awareness acquired through her professional practice provides an important contribution to our understanding of human experience.”

— Bruce H. Lipton, author, The Biology of Belief; co-author, Spontaneous Evolution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976065869
  • Publisher: Wondrous Beginnings Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/23/2009
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 906,074
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Relevant to the Evolution of Civilization!

    I highly recommend Welcoming Consciousness, its perspective on integrating mind, body and spirit truly has the potential to change the world. As described in my book, The Biology of Belief, we have all been indoctrinated with the belief that the character of our lives is preprogrammed in the genes. However, a radically new understanding in science now reveals that it is our perceptions of the world that controls genes and programs our behavior. In Welcoming Consciousness, Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, offers important insights into how pre- and perinatal experiences provide for the most influential perceptions that shape one's life. Dr. McCarty's synthesis of leading edge biomedical science, current psychology and the awareness acquired through her professional practice provides an important contribution to our understanding of the human experience, and how through raising conscious children, civilization can evolve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

    A Life Changing Read

    The idea that we are conscious human beings before we are born is amazing and wonderful to ponder! Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty explains how the new field of pre and perinatal psychology has emerged from scientific studies about conception and birth. Apparently, the experiences we have in the womb, during birth and in our first year impact not only our childhood but our later life. The author relates how we make choices in the womb that shape our future life, sometimes causing us to develop negative behaviors and emotional problems.

    Dr. McCarty provides a thorough discussion of the science and philosophy that lies behind this new field. In addition, throughout the book you will find fascinating and heart-warming case studies of infants, children and adults she has treated. An Appendix at the end offers longer vignettes detailing how Dr. McCarty works to achieve positive outcomes.

    The ideas in this book have changed the way that I practice psychotherapy. Studying about the influence of our life before birth has enabled me to be a better therapist. I enable my adult clients to heal the wounds they still carry from pre-birth and birth that lie at the heart of their present problems. They are able to make more rapid progress in overcoming their present anxieties, fears, and other problems than with conventional talk therapy.

    This book is a must read for all parents, future parents, teachers, psychotherapists, and doctors.

    Gloria Arenson, MS, MFT, DCEP
    Author of Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing, Born to Spend, EFT for Procrastination, Freedom At Your Fingertips, Desserts Is Stressed Spelled Backwards

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    As Psychology Searches for Answers .

    . Dr. Wendy Ann McCarty reminds us that an integrated approach that includes a transcendent viewpoint, is worthwhile to consider. This kind of thoughtful perspective, largely overlooked in the search for an ever-more rigorous scientific model, is needed now especially when working with the most vulnerable among us, unborn children and babies. Her argument makes sense (vs. a symptom reduction approach alone), when thinking that we might have a chance to welcome the next generation more humanly. Perhaps there is no binding consensus in psychology today because a number of crucial factors are being left out of the mix. Carry on, Dr. McCarty.

    Bobbi Jo Lyman, PhD, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

    It is nice to be validated

    I have been the director of a womens treatment center for 29 years.I have always realized that many women came into treatment with problems and traumas that had no discernible cause in their life experience.Dr McCarty's book validates my belief that many problems start before birth,and are brought into a persons life at birth.

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