Verna Oberg will earn her master’s degree from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute’s prenatal and perinatal psychology department in 2010. She works as an infant development consultant, monitors babies’ development, promotes parent/infant attachment and advocates for infants to be seen as conscious, sentient beings. Verna extends many thanks to Dr. Jeane Rhodes, who encouraged and guided the writing of this article.
In this thoroughly researched article, author Verna Oberg explores amniotomy’s role as a ritual for birth attendants and discusses its possible psychological effects on the baby.
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