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(p. 201) Birth Memories, Birth Trauma, and Anxiety 

(p. 201) Birth Memories, Birth Trauma, and Anxiety
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(p. 201) Birth Memories, Birth Trauma, and Anxiety
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0035
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date: 23 January 2018

In this essay, Winnicott describes clinical examples illustrating fantasies and possible memories of the birth experience. In many child analyses birth play is important. The clues to the understanding of infant psychology, including birth trauma, come through psychoanalytic experience where regression is a feature. When birth material turns up in an analysis in a significant way, the patient is showing signs of being in an extremely infantile state. A child may be playing games that contain birth symbolism, and an adult reports fantasy related consciously or unconsciously to birth. This is not the same as the acting out of memory traces derived from birth experience, which provides the material for study of birth trauma.

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