Parenting Begins Before Conception: A Guide to Preparing Body, Mind, and Spirit For You and Your Future Child

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By Carista Luminare-Rosen

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Carista Luminare-Rosen

Carista Luminare-Rosen
Carista Luminare-Rosen, Ph.D. is a counselor in private practice and specializes in holistic approaches to preconception and prenatal health care. She lives in California with her husband and daughter, where she co-directs The Center for Creative Parenting, an educational center offering c More...



• Shows prospective parents how they can lay the foundations for a healthy and happy family life even before their child is conceived and born.

• Shows parents how they can optimize their children's physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

• Guides parents through a unique program designed to prepare them for the myriad changes, adjustments, and joys that accompany the major transition to parenthood.

An inspiring and groundbreaking book, Parenting Begins Before Conception shows prospective parents how they can lay the foundations for a healthy and happy family life even before a child is conceived and born.  New research contends that prenatal life and the birth experience are often profound determinants of human personality and aptitude.  Hundreds of university and hospital studies conclude that unborn children see, hear, and feel in the womb.

Dr. Carista Luminare-Rosen explores the universal forces underlying conception and shows parents how they can optimize their child's physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health by considering a host of important issues well in advance.  Weaving together modern preconception and prenatal health knowledge with ancient wisdom, the author guides parents through a unique holistic program designed to prepare them for the myriad changes, adjustments, and joys that accompany the major transition to parenthood.  Dr. Luminare-Rosen helps readers consider their own readiness for parenthood--physically, psychologically, and spiritually--so that when the child of their dreams arrives, they are fully prepred to welcome this new being--body, mind, and soul.

"Readers interested in perinatal psychology or Eastern spirituality will find it intriguing."
Mothering, December 2002

"Parenting Begins Before Conception offers a wealth of positive parenting ideas. Dr. Luminare-Rosen encourages prospective parents to optimize their own health so that their child will be nurtured and supported in body, mind and spirit during the earliest stages of growth."
John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

"A beautiful, brilliant psychospiritual guide that should be read by every person preparing for parenthood."
Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., author of Making Peace with Your Past

"A guide that every potential parent will want to read. Nothing is more empowering than working consciously with your baby's soul--even before that child is conceived. I highly recommend Dr. Luminare-Rosen's work."
Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"First-time or experienced parents will breathe with new ease as they dive into this loving, holistic guide. Dr. Luminare-Rosen's beautifully written stories and research support the deepest fulfillment in the adventure of parenting."
Kathlyn Hendreicks, Ph.D., and Gay Hendreicks, Ph.D., authors of Conscious Loving and The Conscious Heart

"The author has successfully brought together East and West, spirit and body, in a fascinating and useful journey into the mystery and miracle of conception, pregnancy, and birth."
Barbara Findeisen, M.F.C.C., President of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health

"Parenting Begins Before Conception skillfully highlights how profoundly we are affected by conscious and unconscious experiences and memories during our womb lives. . . .Working with the wonderful exercises outlined in this book, prospective parents discover how their own prebirth and childhood experiences can become their greatest allies in preparing for parenthood and bonding with their unborn child."
Niravi B. Payne, author of The Whole Person Fertility Program

". . . will inspire you to prepare for the birth of your child in a holistic manner. . . . wisely asks us to address any issues couples have within their own relationship before embarking on their parenting journey."

Michele Dennis, Kindred Books, Sep 2007