Module 1 Overview

This module contains an introduction to prenatal and perinatal psychology and examines experiences that create early imprints in the prenate and baby throughout the first year of life. Babies are emotional, intelligent, responsive, and show preference in utero as well as after birth, this module presents the data that supports that sentience.  There will be an overview of the 12 Guiding Principles from Dr. Wendy Ann McCarty as well as guidelines and somatic practices for your own self-reflection and embodiment of this work.

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Module 1 Learning Objectives

  • Define prenatal and perinatal psychology and its importance to human development
  • State APPPAH’s position on abortion
  • Describe embryological development related to the twelve senses that babies develop in utero according to David Chamberlain
  • Cite observed, repeated patterns of awareness and sentience in babies
  • Describe the experience of the prenate, detailing the observed effects of prenatal imprints

Additional Reading Requirements

Most of the reading for this module is provided within the course content. In addition, you will need to purchase or borrow the following book and read the required chapters:

Weinstein, A. (2016). Prenatal development and parents’ lived experiences: How early events shape our psychophysiology and relationships (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). NY: Norton Press Chapters 1 and 2 


Additional Suggested Reading and Resources

(not required)

Paul, A. M. (2011). Origins: How the first nine months shape the rest of our lives. New York, NY: Free Press. 


Quiz Printout

It is a good study technique to read the quiz questions before you begin so that you know what information you need to be looking for as you read and listen to the course material. This will be especially important for our students for whom English is not their first language. We recognize how difficult a task it can be to learn material in a language that isn’t your primary language and we hope it makes it just a little bit easier for you.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional help. If you aren’t able to pass the quiz with an 80%, we can reset it for you. Just email us if you need some support with that.

Below you’ll find the Module 1 Quiz (without the answers). Feel free to print it off for your own use.

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Christianna Deichmann, RCST®, PPNE, LMT

Education Director

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for technical course questions or quiz re-set please email:

Stephanie Duran de Rodriguez, Programs & Digital Design Assistant [email protected]

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