Prenatal Memory

According to the survey that some magazine featured maternity took place in 2006, most of pregnant women knew an existence of prenatal memory. I was so impressed by the fact that many people have rapidly accepted prenatal memory.

I started an investigation on prenatal memory (memory during child was in the womb) in 1999.
At that time, when I asked pediatrician a question, “Have you ever heard that there are children who have a memory of before birth?” They are disgusted and said, “What the hell are you talking about?”

On the other side, in Europe, people had already started researches on the fetus’s and new born baby’s ability and memory since in the 1970s.
In Japan, people started to translate those books, which they imported from Europe, and published them in the 1980s. However, doctors and scientists were not interested in those books. Ordinary people did not know anything about them.

In fact, I revealed that many children have prenatal and perinatal memory. A baby has mind and emotion clearly.

I summarized the result of the survey and presented it at a meeting of Japanese Medical and Dental Practitioners for the Improvement of Medical Care in 2001.

As newspapers featured my presentation, people sent me their opinions by letters and faxes. They said, “I’ve thought I am the only one who has prenatal memory.” “No one has ever believed what I said.” After that, when I went on the radio in 2003, people sent many faxes to the studio during only one hour of live broadcasting.

In 2005, I interviewed David Chamberlain at San Diego in the U.S. He was the leader of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. He gave me some messages.

“According to my all surveys, I have learnt to regard memory as a part of a human being. Memory has existed since beginning and every moment of life. Memory is a feature and an aspect of being human. It is not the right theory that people learn to memorize as they grow up. Memory is always with us.”

If people admit an existence of prenatal memory, they will be able to respect a fetus as a real human being. It will be very important to find out how childbirth and childcare should be.
Let me introduce some benefits that I have been realizing due to the research of perinatal memory.

(1) A pregnant woman who has knowledge of prenatal memory talks to a fetus and she can deepen bonds between she and her baby.

to know prenatal memory, he learns to be aware of his child at a fetal period and prepare his mind to become a father. In addition, a father will participates actively to care a child after delivery. It reduces a burden of a mother. Their home will be happy.

(3) Emotion of a pregnant woman gets stable when she feels that her husband is weighing their unborn child on his mind. The emotional stability of a pregnant woman has more than a few effect on a parturient process. A delivery tends to be easy owing to support of a husband.

(4) Doctors nowadays are prone to make efforts to prevent maternal death and stillbirth. On the other hand, after they learned an existence of prenatal memory, they learn to care mother’s and fetus’s emotional safety as well as physical safety. Consequently, a mother will be able to give birth to a baby and deepen their bonds simultaneously.

(5)Problems of childcare is reduced if delivery is safe because it is an important checkpoint of childcare.

Prenatal and perinatal memory are the keys to understand how to communicate with a fetus and a newborn baby. It may improve childbirth, which is an important checkpoint of childcare.
It is not only good for mind of a mother and a child, but also good for a body of them because of minimum medical intervention.

It is easily imagined that childbirth has a good influence on a fetus if a mother has deepened relationship with her fetus at fetal period unless the relationship is not cut by a childbirth. Nowadays, many problems among children have been revealed. People need to pay attention to an importance of the way that how the fetal period and childbirth should be.