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Using ultrasonic scans in being pregnant makes it attainable to monitor the fetus undisturbed within the womb. Dr Alessandra Piontelli has performed what nobody has performed prior to: she saw 11 fetuses (three singletons and 4 units of twins) within the womb utilizing ultrasound scans, after which saw their improvement at domestic from beginning as much as the age of 4 years. She encompasses a description of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of 1 of the examine youngsters, and the psychoanalysis of 5 different very children whose behaviour in research steered that they have been deeply preoccupied with their event within the womb. Dr Piontelli has stumbled on what many fogeys have continually concept - that every fetus, like each one infant child, is a hugely person creature. by means of drawing on her event as a baby psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in addition to on her observational examine, she is ready to examine concerns in terms of individuality, mental beginning and the impression of maternal feelings while pregnant. Her findings reveal essentially how psychoanalytical proof complements, deepens and helps observational info at the notable behavioural and mental continuities among pre-natal and post-natal lifestyles.

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Hence at least a rough knowledge of some of the characteristics of the fetus’s habitat is also essential for the comprehension of fetal actions and reactions. Therefore, after discussing in some detail fetal movement and the sensations and stimuli reaching the fetus, I will try to describe briefly certain aspects of intra-uterine environment. These areas of research are rapidly and continuously expanding and therefore by the time this book is published it may well be that other findings will have become available and some of those mentioned here may have already become obsolete.

Had I not known how far back many of these elements dated, I might certainly have attributed at least some of them to much more recent conflicts arising from and within her post-natal environment. When seeing a child like Giulia for a consultation like that described in Chapter 2 without knowing so much about her previous past, one could easily wonder if her present dramatic state of closure towards the outside world and her obsessive search for food could be linked perhaps to some traumatic event and deprivation she had suffered in her infancy or more recent past.

Maternal sleep seems to have no influence at all on the fetus (de Vries et al. 1987). Fetal behavioural states have an influence on fetal reactiveness to various kinds of stimulation. For instance, external factors such as palpation or vigorous shaking of the uterus during the second half of pregnancy are not always followed by fetal movements (Richardson et al. 1981). FROM FETUS TO CHILD 33 Fetal sensory-functions Fetal sensory-functions were considered to be practically dormant, if not completely nonexistent, till the beginning of the last century.

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