Our Time in the Womb24:10

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A conversation with Annie Murphy Paul about how our nine months in the womb may shape our entire lives.

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Nine months in the womb are no joke. Everybody knows that. Mothers. Doctors. Pediatricians. And a generation of researchers.

Now, writer Annie Murphy Paul has put it all together to grab the nation’s attention again with a breathtaking premise:  those nine months in the womb may have shaped you for life. Your health, your mind, your emotions, your habits — all in the hands of a pregnant woman – your mother.

It’s a lot to carry. Critics say it can be carried too far. 
-Tom Ashbrook

Annie Murphy Paul, science writer and author. She is author of "The Cult of Personality." Her new book is "Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape The Rest of Our Lives." You can read an excerpt.

Ann Dunnewold, a psychologist practicing in Dallas, Texas, who specializes in helping mothers cope with the pressures of motherhood.

This program aired on October 11, 2010.