This book is an updated edition of an already fascinating insight into early child development which will interest both those with special knowledge of the prenatal stage as well as anyone who is concerned with the health and well-being of children.
"The Unborn Child" is essential reading for parents, potential parents and grandparents, as well as professionals with responsibility for children, and bringing babies into the world. This book describes prenatal and perinatal development, considering the legacy of health from both parents and grandparents. It explores the effects of the mother’s mental and physical state during pregnancy, on the physiology and psychology of her expected child. The earlier in a child’s development, beginning paradoxically before conception, that the wisdom of experience and science is applied, the greater the chances of a child’s mental and physical health for life. Understanding these issues offers a way of healing early problems that contribute to such disorders as depression or compulsive behaviour. Here are invaluable guidelines towards generating children with their full genetic potential for basic health and emotional stability. This fascinating book is rooted in the experience of both authors, complete with authoritative case studies and scientific references. It has been extensively updated and restructured by Simon House, who has added entirely new material on nutrition from before conception.
‘In this single book… [Simon House] has brought together in a readable manner the recent findings of nutrition and psychology, biochemistry and emotion…. “The window of opportunity” that seals the intelligence, behaviour, and health of those about to be born is lost for many of the 55,000 babies born at low birthweights in the United Kingdom. This book presents the case for a paradigm shift towards the nutrition and emotional health of the mother and her unborn child. In my opinion there can be no more effective and economical way to benefit people’s health, happiness, and peacefulness…. Fully referenced, this an authoritative book in the quest for global health and peace.’ - From the Foreword by Michael A. Crawford, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, FRCPath, Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London Metropolitan University
‘This book by Roy Ridgway and Simon House is truly a key text in the field of prenatal psychology, with its history and dramatic progress over the past few years being comprehensively presented. The unborn child we all once were is part of our biography. The foundations for our later life – and hence for our health or susceptibility to illness – are laid during the prenatal period. The way in which we deal with children at the beginning of their life and ensure their nutritional needs are met, is of fundamental significance for society and health policy. The fields of social sciences, politics, medicine and psychotherapy, urgently need the information that is presented so comprehensively and knowledgeably in this book. It makes a stimulating, exciting and moving read for the general public and is also a manual for experts from the field.’ - Ludwig Janus, MD, President of the International Society for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine, 1996 – 2006
Roy Ridgway (1916-2000) was author of two groundbreaking books on prenatal and perinatal experiences and the effects of nutrition on babies in the womb. In the mid-1970s he directed the Sparsholt Psychotherapeutic Centre, Winchester. In the late 1970s he joined the British Medical Association secretariat and edited its publication, News Review.
He was a founder member of the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons and the UK-USSR Medical Exchange Programme. Roy Ridgway was one of the executive staff who went to Oslo, in 1985, when the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Simon House became aware of the importance of preconception nutrition on reading The Unborn Child. He worked closely with Roy Ridgway until the latter’s death. Dorothea, Roy Ridgway’s widow, asked Reverend House to update this book.