Letters to the Editor 9,1
Because some readers have been asking why "Health" was added to "Psychology" in our Association name, I would like to share some of the thoughts which led us in this direction.
It all started when one of our board members in 1993 (Lewis Mehl, a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in psychology) reported that it was difficult to interest physicians - family practice physicians, obstetricians, psychiatrists etc. - in joining the Association because they had the impression we were a group of psychologists. After a little discussion, we came to see that other potential members had similar feelings, for example midwives, nurses (labor & delivery, neonatal intensive care, etc.) childbirth educators, breastfeeding advocates and other childbirth activists.
We knew that we were not a group of psychologists (and never had been) but reaffirmed that we were deeply committed to exploring the mental, emotional, and social aspects of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. What we stood for was a holistic, bio-psycho-social approach to the pre- and perinatal period and welcomed everyone with similar interest, yet our title sounded overly academic and exclusive.
We think that psychology and health are everyone's business and want to welcome everyone concerned about the prenatal period - a period which has been neglected in traditional psychology and medicine. Our desire is to be preventive in keeping things from becoming traumatic in the first place, just as we desire to support therapeutic approaches which can be offered to persons who have already been traumatized by some aspect of reproduction and birth.
In addition to linking psychology and health in our title, we chose to put the word Association up front, expressing the conviction that we need each other, we need to associate, and by strength of numbers and shared wisdom, need an Association to effectively educate society and advocate for our concerns.
We hope that our new name will encourage many more people to link arms with us and give their loyal support to the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health!
Members of the Editorial Board
Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal
The year 1993 was one of many changes for PPPANA and for our Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal. Feeling that the name of the association no longer reflected its mission, the Board of Directors changed the name of the association to the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH).
And as you know, I decided it was time to step down as editor of PPPJ due to the fact that I am contemplating a long period of fieldwork among the Navajo Indians of the American Southwest. I still don't know whether I will get the whole year off. I hope so. Anyhow, Dr. Ruth Johnson Carter [Box 018, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061; Ph: 912/453-4562 (O), 912/453-7326 (H)] has taken over the editorship as of issue 9(1). I will be joining you on the board of Editors and look forward to reviewing potential articles for the Journal. I hope that you will all stick with the Board and give Ruth the support I have so much enjoyed and appreciated.
May the new year bring you happiness and peace!
Charles Laughlin, Ph.D.
Dear Dr. Carter:
Your name was given to me by Charles Laughlin. My membership in PPPANA lapsed a couple of years back, and I haven't seen the Journal since then. At that time you had a section devoted to anecdotes involving birth regression. I am enclosing such an anecdote for your perusal and use if you deem it appropriate.
From 1970 until September, 1982, I practiced dentistry in Southern California. My study of regression therapy began after a past life experience in 1977. My teachers include Barbara Findeisen, Morris Netherton, Edith Fiore, Hazel Denning and many others including several thousand private clients. I began to conduct regression therapy in March, 1981. In February, 1983, I began a doctoral program in clinical psychology. I finished the program at American Commonwealth University in 1988.
I held a position on the Board of Directors of the Association for Past-life Therapies for seven years. As I learned the techniques of regression therapy, my interest was drawn to the condition of discarnate spirit interference, sometimes termed spirit possession, which I found to be a very common affliction. My book, Spirit Releasement Therapy: A Technique Manual, is the first volume on the techniques of birth regression, past life regression and spirit releasement therapy, the treatment of spirit attachment (possession).
In my dental practice, I readily found people who could benefit from the methods of regression therapy. The accompanying article describes one of the first times I actually used the new techniques I was learning. The results were gratifying and the account might make for interesting reading for your readership.
William J. Baldwin, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Editor's Note: The article may be found in the Sharing Space section beginning on page 107.