The Competent Fetus

Sam Tyano*, Miri Keren

*Corresponding author for this work

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParenthood and Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationA Bridge between Infant and Adult Psychiatry
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780470747223
StatePublished - 16 Apr 2010


  • Competent fetus - embryology studies, human organs development from conception to birth
  • Competent fetus and its receptive sensorial capacities - field of fetal psychology opened up
  • Continuity from intrauterine life to infancy
  • Fetal psychology - an emerging domain, importance of receptive capacities of fetus
  • Fetuses can feel pain - electric signal running through spinal cord
  • Fetuses remember and therefore can learn - fetal memory studied in utero and after birth

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