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(p. 389) A Note on the Mother-Foetus Relationship 

(p. 389) A Note on the Mother-Foetus Relationship
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(p. 389) A Note on the Mother-Foetus Relationship
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271411.003.0070
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date: 13 December 2018

In this note, Winnicott states that although in psycho-analytic literature there are copious references to the mother’s conscious and unconscious fantasies about her child, there is also a simple biological statement: the ability of the mother to produce a real whole live baby. Winnicott further discusses the disappointment that mothers and fathers may feel if their child is born with a defect and the repercussions of not being able to produce a fantasy of a 100 percent functioning human being.

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