Susan Highsmith DDiv, PhD. Fairy Tales To Enhance Parent Prenate, Newborn and Young Child Bonding


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My guest today is Susan Highsmith DD, PhD, counselor and, in addition to have written The Renaissance of Birth and Babies Know , author of a fabulous series of fairy tales for unborn, newborn and very young children designed to help parents bond with their children and children attach to their parents. They are called The First Fairy Tales I – IV..
Susan got into this subject in 2001 when she began a five year study program to earn a PhD in Pre and Perinatal psychology, intending to help answer the question, why would anybody be having difficulties because they were born in hospitals, a comment made by a friend of hers some time ago.
Susan thought that if she could get the mommies to begin to read to their babies, transmit some of the research by reading to the babies while they were being carried in the womb, that that would be a really good start on bonding, this recognition of the child, the acknowledgement of its consciousness, helping reassure it, helping it feel safe, and that those things could be beneficial. So she wrote books. Susan started with one called The Adventure Begins, which is focused on conception. The second is The Awakening Heart, which is about the first three weeks and heart development because the little heart starts to beat it within that first 21 days. The third one is called Making Sense. And it's about sensory development. And the fourth one is about birth. And it's called Welcome to the Light. Her latest book is Sailing into the Light because as she says, “there's another realm of light that I believe our souls go to.”
About three days after her son died, when she put herself into a relaxed state because totally exhausted, “ my son came to me, and he said, mom, everybody loves me here. And I thought, oh, Tommy, that's so like you. He was a brilliant chemist, worldwide known and a wonderful kid. And I thought, Oh, that's wonderful. And he said, ‘There is only unconditional love her’. So nobody can convince me that anything after this life is bad. Anything that we create that we might consider hellish we do right here. And all my Pre and Perinatal studies have led me to that conclusion that what we are doing is creating either a heaven or hell for ourselves right here. And so I'm very
happy to have books that are sort of like bookends on the entire lifespan.”
You may find Susan’s books on
Next week my guest will be Jeffrey Mishlove PhD, a clinical psychologist, host of the podcast, New Thinking Allowed, author of an encyclopedic volume of consciousness studies, The Roots of Consciousness and recently awarded the Bigelow Institute Competition Grand Prize for his paper Beyond the Brain: The Survival of Human Consciousness After Permanent Bodily Death.
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