A big part of APPPAH's mission is to empower individuals and institutions with information about the "treasures of prenatal and perinatal psychology," and here we highlight myriad ways in which our members are engaged in that endeavor. If you have something exciting to share in this regard, please send details to the newsletter editor at DrMarcy@QuantumParenting.com.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) has produced a new short film on the experiences of women coping with a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder such as postpartum depression. "Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders" features four women who have suffered and recovered from perinatal mood disorders. By sharing their stories the women help educate and reassure new mothers, their family members and friends, and health care professionals that postpartum depression is temporary and treatable. The film also includes up-to-date information from experts in the field who share tips on what women and healthcare providers need to know for the effective identification and treatment of mental illnesses related to childbirth. A preview of the film is available at http://postpartum.net/Resources/PSI-Educational-DVD.aspx.
This section of the APPPAH Newsletter is intended to draw attention to items in the news that are pertinent to prenatal and perinatal psychology. APPPAH does not necessarily agree with, or vouch for, the scientific worthiness of any of the news items mentioned here. We mean merely to take note of what is going on, so that you may.
MIGHT BIRTH REFORM "FOLLOW THE MONEY" AND THE BABY?
It was reported during a series on health care reform on PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer that "for the Dutch, a huge cost saver starts the day you're born." Reporter Ray Suarez noted that the majority of Dutch babies are born at home in a nation where the infant mortality rate is 25% lower than that of the U.S.—which is consistent with a recent study of more than 500,000 births in the Netherlands, which found that planned home birth with trained midwives is as safe as hospital birth.