APPPAH member Sarah Buckley MD from Brisbane Australia is teaming up with New York-based Childbirth Connection to produce a report on the hormonal physiology of childbirth. Drawing on her scientific reading and research, encapsulated in her 2009 book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Sarah and her worldwide team of reviewers, is drawing together scientific finding from a variety of disciplines to present a powerful case for the benefits of physiologic birth. Watch this space for online publication, which will be followed by articles in peer-reviewed journals, Sarah will also be touring Europe in May 2011, speaking in London (along with APPPAH member Patrick Houser), Edinburgh, Switzerland, and Italy. See www.sarahbuckley.com for more details.
Leslie Butterfield, PhD celebrates 15 years as an APPPAH member and is now the chairwoman of Postpartum Support International. Leslie has worked tirelessly to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum and to share APPPAH's information with her colleagues. She will also be hosting a conference in 2011 (see conferences of interest for details).