1st Edition

Prenatal Bonding Analysis The Invisible Umbilical Cord

    190 Pages
    by Routledge

    190 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book presents a novel psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic method which enables expectant mothers to establish communication with their unborn babies.

    After an exploration of the root aspects of pre- and perinatal psychology and psychoanalysis, details of the practice of prenatal bonding analysis are introduced. The volume concludes with 15 interviews where mothers who experienced the bonding analysis give first-hand accounts of their encounters.

    With its theoretical, practical and testimonial threefold structure, the book aims at reaching out to both specialists and a general readership, especially prospective parents.

    Foreword; Introduction 1. The intelligent foetus 2. The ultrasonographic observation of foetal life 3. The effect of maternal stress and anxiety on the foetus and child 4. Later effects of unwanted pregnancies 5. The psyche of the foetus in the mirror of psychoanalytic theories 6. Approaches to the unconscious 7. The method of mother-foetus bonding analysis 8. Intrauterine encounters


    György Hidas, MD (1925–2012) was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He specialized primarily in the work of Sándor Ferenczi and prenatal bonding analysis.

    Jenő Raffai, PhD (1954–2015) was a psychologist and psychoanalyst with a main focus on pre- and perinatal psychology and bonding analysis.

    Judit Vollner pursued a career as an actress and then as a science journalist. Currently, she leads communication trainings based on acting techniques.