Voices From the Womb presents case studies from Michael Gabriel’s fifteen years of practicing prenatal and perinatal therapy and the conclusions he has drawn from this experience. Since Verny’s pioneering work, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, was published in 1981, a more or less steady stream of evidence has developed that demonstrates the importance of pre- and perinatal experiences on the infant. The Gabriels’ book extends this evidence and is what I consider the most useful book for therapists on the subject.
The book is well organized. In his Introduction, Gabriel gives us an excellent overview of the field and of his methods of working with pre- and perinatal material. In this section he refers the reader to his three Appendices, which describe in detail his findings about possible prenatal conditions, the infant’s choices of responses to those conditions and Gabriel’s therapeutic processes for releasing the negative responses. Although these Appendices are at the back of the book, as a therapist I turned to them immediately and read them straight through; they are invaluable for a deeper understanding of the cases Gabriel presents.