Psychodynamic theories of personality development generally assume that the period prior to birth is of little or no significance. This result of this omission is that in the therapy room a vast territory of human experience is not welcomed into the therapeutic relationship and, as such, is not brought into consciousness. The term ‘umbilical affect’ is used to describe the ‘feeling state of the foetus as brought about by blood reaching him through the umbilical vein’. Prenatal umbilical affect includes the experience of external toxins mediated through the maternal blood and the feeling tones of the mother. This webinar will explore the effects of these influences and ways of working with them therapeutically.