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Expert in prenatal psychology discusses latest work today

Dr. David Chamberlain, a psychologist with expertise in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology, will be at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters/Tomes Books today for a conversation and book signing of his latest work, “Windows to the Womb: Revealing the Conscious Baby from Conception to Birth.”

The Nevada County resident is considered a pioneer and major contributor to the literature in prenatal psychology. In 1974, he began to utilize hypnotherapy to resolve birth and womb traumas.

In a landmark study of mother and child pairs in 1980, he demonstrated that birth memories were reliable and not fantasies, as previously thought.

Chamberlain’s latest book was released in January by North Atlantic Books in Berkeley.

“Windows to the Womb” is a guide through the first nine months of life from conception to birth. In the past, the invisible physical processes of fetal development were mysterious and largely unexplainable, but in the past half-century, breakthroughs in embryology, interuterine photography, ultrasound, and other sensitive instruments of measurement have enabled us to make systematic observations inside the womb, according to the book’s description.

“We now understand that fetuses are fully sentient and aware beings. In this new climate of appreciation for the surprising dimensions of fetal behavior, sensitivity, and intelligence, this book brings a host of new information to light about the transformative journey each one of us must undergo in the womb,” according to the description.

Chamberlain is a California psychologist, author and scholar who has lectured in 20 countries. He has more than 60 publications and 27 years of leadership in the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH).

His talk will begin at 2 p.m. today at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters/Tomes Books, 671 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley.


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