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The mighty bond between parent and child is one of the enduring wonders of psychology. John Kennell and Marshall and Phyllis Klaus bring decades of research, insight, and clinical practice into one book that offers parents, and those who care for them during pregnancy, everything they need to know to enhance this essential relationship. This important work explores the effects of various birth practices and situationsprenatal testing, labor support, testing of newborns, breast feeding, prematurity, and adoptionon the parents feelings and on the development of later attachment and independence.
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Table of Contents

* Introduction * Pregnancy: New Connections Begin * Labor and Birth * What the Baby Brings * Birth of a Family: The First Minutes and Hours * Infant Feeding and the Beginning of Intimacy * Developing Ties: The First Days and Weeks * Premature Birth and Bonding * Birth Defects and Bonding * Bonding: The Route to Independence

About the Author

Marshall H. Klaus, M.D., internationally known neonatologist and researcher, is the author or coauthor of several standard works in the field, including Bonding, Care of the High Risk Newborn, and Mothering the Mother. He teaches pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Phyllis H. Klaus, C.S.W., M.F.C.C., teaches and practices psychotherapy at the Erikson Institute in Santa Rosa and practices in Berkeley, California. She is coauthor of Mothering the Mother, and Bonding.

Reviews

Marshall, Phyllis Klaus, and John Kennell, authors of the classic Parent-Infant Bonding (1982, o.p.), do an amazing job with their latest title. The authors discuss the crucial bonding experience and the most important relationship in a child's life‘that between parent and child. All bonding situations that take place during pregnancy, birth, and the early months of life are discussed. Studies cited in the book indicate that "well-bonded" babies, and even younger children (up to age seven), have remarkably higher test scores and better academic grades in school and are more successful overall. Must reading for new parents, this title will help to lay a secure basis for future independence of the child. This informative yet easy-to-read book is essential for all libraries.‘Marty D. Evensvold, Magnolia P.L., Tex.

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