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Joseph Chilton Pearce - Conference presentation

It is ten years since the first Birthlight international conference Visions of Infant Joy in Homerton College, Cambridge, July 2006.  Among all the outstanding speakers who graced this conference, Joseph Chilton Pearce, who came from North Carolina on his last transatlantic journey, has left a lasting mark with his message of ‘infant joy’ that called for a standing ovation.

Joe, as we got to know him, has indefatigably accumulated evidence for the need to develop a new culture of non-violent parenting in line with what we now know about fetal and infant development. His humble humanity and spirituality coupled with his vast knowledge touched everyone who met him.

At the conference, Joe presented the idea of the heart – recently revealed to be an endocrine source of compassion- as a category of brain function equal in stature to the thalamus, prefrontal cortex and lower brain. This was a pioneering way of defending the crucial importance of a relaxed pregnancy and birth, child-parent bonding and breastfeeding to promote a non-violent environmental model for parenting.  As Joe has argued in his many books, active, imaginative play is the most important of all childhood activities because it cultivates mastery of one's environment, which he called "creative competence." Creativity and joy are one. They can be profoundly healing. Thank you again, Joe, for the impact you made on all of us at the conference: it is live in all our hearts!

A clip from Joseph Chilton Pearce’s address at the July 2006 Birthlight conference can be seen below.

Clip of the great Joe Pearce at the Birthlight Conference Cambridge 2006 DVD

Please email [email protected] for a full download of his filmed conference presentation.