Birth and Early Parenting Educators (BEPE) will present a brief film clip and discussion about how the events surrounding birth impact humans at 4 p.m. today in the BriarPatch Community Room.
After a film clip from “Baby Keeper” is shown, four BEPE members will host a panel discussion.
Peri-natal psychologist Dr. David Chamberlain, author of “The Mind of Your Newborn Baby and Windows to the Womb: Revealing the Conscious Baby from Conception to Birth,” will talk about how he uses hypnosis to access and heal birth experiences.
Devorah Bry, marriage and family therapist intern, will tell you how births can influence relationships.
Laurie Chamberlin, a doula and lactation specialist, will speak about how births influence new mothers’ birth experiences and ability to breastfeed.
Belden Johnson, marriage and family therapist, and author of “Real Relationship: Essential Tools to Help You Go the Distance,” will moderate and give some examples of how birth imprints affect people’s lives. Questions and input are welcome.
“For well over a century, the ‘scientific’ belief was that babies were not sentient beings,” Johnson wrote in a email announcing today’s discussion. “For instance, most doctors performed operations upon them without the use of anesthesia. We now know what any attentive parent could have told us — babies not only feel but are forming memories from birth and even before. These early imprints are powerfully formative on our personality, behavior, and even the types of diseases we are likely to encounter later in life.“
The presentation is free, although donations to BEPE will be accepted.
BEPE is dedicated to building healthy, happy families by educating the community about the influences of pre- and peri-natal events.