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" LETTERS FROM .MOTHER " '
IV. SheiShows the Importance, of Sane MentaKty . . .'
My Dear Daughter: Most-of those-plsicians who have made
a study of the" matter'declare that a woman can 'exert little influence
over the physical structure of-her child during' the parental period.
They disclaim the old tradition that Birthmarks are "the result of
fright or other violent emotion on th'e.part of the mother.
All the research Ihave made oiWhe subject, however, as well as
the experience of many friends, has taught me that the exepctant
mother can and does have a great psychological influence over the;
character of her child.
One bright woman who has studied much and kept a daily ac
count of her duties, thoughts and emotions during pregnancy, told
me that she did not believe a woman could determine sex. Yet she
had found that constant desire. on the part of an expectant mother
for either a son or a daughter would have a tendency to give a Doy
an effeminate nature if she wished for a girl and vice-versa; this,
was her theory of masculine girls and feminine boys. 4
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eugencies is a very little known science at present
Our friends the' ddctors are groping a"bout for light;
on the subject just as they are searching for a cure
for cancer or othep dreadful ills.
It, however, is a matter of historical note that
when Greece was populated by the most beautiful
human beings the world has ever known, the women
about to become mothers were always surrounded by beautiful
things. Their welfare was considered of as much importance as the
welfare of the state.
I have known women who have giVen their children a poetical
or artistic temperament by keeping before themselves works of
great poets or artists.- These coincidencesare-so frequent that they
must be taken into consideration when searching for facts.
A young woman who was determined that her baby should be
a joyous child, as her own childhooL.had not-been pleasant owing to
a hyper-sensitive disposition, employed the months of gestation in
being happy. She went out a good 'deal' among her "friends, read,
good books, listened to sweet music'arid kept ever "before her a beau
tiful" picture, j
She learned to laugh like a child over little things and began
to realizethat happiness is a state of mind. . To such an extent did
she carry this that .all her friends remarked the, fact. When the
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