Volume 27, Issue 4
Editorial: Reinventing the Journal
With our new team of gung-ho editors, Kate and Kerry, we are about to embark on making the Journal more practice oriented and more relevant to our readers’ interests. With that in mind we plan on creating sections within the Journal that will fall into the following categories: Research, Clinical Practice, Interviews, Reflections, and Book Reviews.
The Research section will be peer reviewed and contain papers similar to what the journal has offered in the past. In addition to publishing findings from the USA and Canada we intend to reach out to our colleagues abroad and solicit papers from them about their research. The Clinical Practice section will publish papers by therapists, counselors, nurses, psychologists and others who utilize PPP in their work. The Interviews section, as the name implies, will be with practitioners in the field who may not have the time or inclination to write about their work but who still have great insights to share about how they incorporate pre/perinatal psychology into their daily practice. The Reflections section will be similar to the Sharing Space of the past containing brief communications from our readers. The Book Review section will remain unchanged.
All of us at the Journal hope that these changes will meet with your approval. And by all means, let us know what you think. We are open to suggestions. This is your Journal. So make sure it serves your needs.
Thomas R. Verny MD, D.Psych., FRCPC, FAPA Editor-in-Chief
This summer season we take our first step into a new kind of journal. As Thomas Verny, our Editor-in-Chief has described, we are shifting to include different voices and vehicles to spread the word about prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. As we diversify and integrate, we celebrate the emerging confluence of fields of practice that utilize prenatal and perinatal health and healing approaches. We also celebrate our pioneers who have become our founding voices, and as such, their work has become part of our foundation. You will see interviews with many of them over the next few years. We also welcome new voices and young researchers. As a team, we are out in all health fields in many countries connecting with researchers and practitioners, well- known personalities, and younger generations who are finding innovative ways to practice, research, measure the impact of prenatal and perinatal psychology.
In this issue, our Research section introduces the work of Aurélie Athan, PhD, and her research partner Lisa Miller, PhD, from Columbia University in New York, NY with the topic of spirituality and motherhood. Their qualitative research explores six different themes, all supporting the ways that becoming a mother has deep spiritual significance not much talked about in the literature. It provides a fresh look at a transformational time for most women, and a framework that can expand the reader’s perspective.
Our Clinical section introduces the work of Karen Melton, Dip. Hum. Psychology, Cert. Prenatal & Birth Therapy, a practitioner in California transplanted from England. Her reflection on clinical practices in the US, especially the debate that prenates are conscious and participate in pregnancy, labor and delivery, is invigorating. Her writing shows the strength of good training and the courage to integrate it into her practice as a health practitioner working with families. This stirs the inner process of practitioners everywhere, calling on their consciousness to claim their own prenatal and perinatal health and healing. Her words read like a manifesto, encouraging our field to emphasize our practices, differentiating them and reclaiming them from others in the US, especially politics. We could not agree more that now is the time to become bold. It is our time.
Our Interview section features the work of Ray Castellino, DC, RPP, RCST© and his creative, passionate work with adults, families and babies. In this interview, we ask him about his process in creating what he calls “The Principles,” or a set seven ideas that form a safe container for people’s most powerful and tender experiences. The Principles and systems developed by Castellino help both families and adults grow into the people that they want to be from their deepest core self. In the interview, he describes how he was inspired to create them, and how they are applied. Castellino has trained many practitioners in our country and abroad. His innovative thinking has earned him a slot as one of our pioneers.
Finally, in our Reflections section, we introduce the work of Karlton Terry, and his eloquent message about implantation as one of our original and guiding blueprints. In the storytelling traditions, we use myth as a way to inform populations about our most honored ways to guide, support, and help each make sense of our experience. This is what this last paper seeks to do with regard to our earliest and first earthly journey, from conception to implantation in our “first home.” Terry asks and answers difficult questions that are a common thread through each of our papers in this Summer 2013 issue: How do our early experiences in the womb impact our lives today? How can we as practitioners help others in the best and most ethical way? What practices do we enact to uphold what is best for ourselves, our clientele, and our communities? What are the spiritual AND psycho-social- emotional implications of our work? His lengthy paper is divided up over the next issues into three parts for better consumption, and to help lead you in a sense of anticipation and continuity.
As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Enjoy this summer reading and let us know about the changes we have implemented.
Kate White, MA, and Kerry Cerelli, MA Associate Editors