RIM was released last August as a free film. It is viewable and can be downloaded from the site, www.reducinginfantmortality.com. It can be embedded on any website free of charge, and is easy to do. It has had about 25,000 views, is playing on over 200 websites, and close to 2000 DVD copies have been sent out to people involved in national and state health care. It has been sent to every national legislator, and many groups have gotten together to write their congress people and send the film. For example, we just received an order for 50 DVDs from the Michigan Midwives Association.
William Emerson (formerly co-president) was elected to be the president of APPPAH at the January 2010 Board Retreat in Guerneville, California. He has been a member since 1986, and a board member since 1993, so he brings 24 years of experience to his presidency. He is a workshop leader, writer, lecturer, and pioneer in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology, renowned for researching and developing trauma treatment methods for infants and children, and discovering important applications for adult treatment.
Many members of the APPPAH family will be saddened to learn of the passing of noted neonatologist, colleague, and friend, Frederick Wirth, who died in October at the age of 68. Fred was elected to the APPPAH Board in 2005 but shortly afterward was stricken with pancreatic cancer and was never able to serve. In his long career, he cared for over 10,000 babies, held important positions in medical faculties and hospitals, published 38 scientific papers, served on several federal advisory boards, and was the physician to America's first test-tube baby, born in 1981.