We wanted to offer our newsletter readers a glimpse of what inspires the 2011 Congress keynote speakers towards the work that has led them to the APPPAH podium. So here it is, in their own words:
In his Saturday keynote "Kids in Chaos: Recognizing the Consequences of Impaired Attachments and Fostering Resilience," Gabor Maté outlines the mental health implications of early childhood emotional loss, whether due to abuse, trauma, or the loss of parental attunement with the child owing to stress on the parenting environment: "My impetus for learning about child development and what threatens it came from my observations as a physician and recognizing the links between adult outcomes and childhood experiences.
Special Acknowledgment to Mothers Who Choose Home and Birth Center Childbirth, and to Supportive Family Members, Midwives, Nurses, and Doctors
Dear APPPAH Members and Non-Members,
More than 99% of U.S. women give birth in hospitals, and the remaining 0.6% give birth at home, supported by midwifes. In the rest of the world, 70-80% of mothers give birth at home, supported by midwives or qualified birth attendants.
On May 4, 2011, Dr. Bobbi Jo Lyman succumbed to an intense three-month battle with pancreatitis and multiple organ failure. She was surrounded by family and close friends at the UC Irvine Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Kit Lyman, and their sweet dog, Lucy.
Born Roberta Jo Pettit, she sometimes called herself "Bobbi Jo" and was affectionately known as "B.J." to family, friends, students and colleagues. She was a student of life, a perpetual researcher and a supporter of all who crossed her path. Her career spanned over four decades and included musician, entertainer, psychologist, teacher, researcher and writer. Her biggest contributions where perhaps made in her role as Chair of the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Department at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.