JOPPPAH (Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health) is our peer-reviewed publication whose original mandate to publish current findings from the growing field of prenatal & perinatal psychology later became refined and expanded to cover:
Psychological factors that affect conception, pregnancy, labor, delivery and the post-partum period;
The reciprocal mechanisms of interaction between the pregnant mother and her unborn and sentient child and the mother and her newborn;
Thomas Verny, MD (1985-1989): Founding president of PPPANA and journal editor from Vol. 1, No. 1 through 4(2). Thomas lives with his wife in Stratford, a Canadian town known for its annual Shakespearean Festival. He is in private practice, enjoys traveling world-wide lecturing and giving workshops on PPP. In his "free" time he writes short stories and poetry and studies chess.
APPPAH created the David B. Cheek Memorial Lecture On Psychosomatic Obstetrics in 1997 to honor an esteemed colleague and to assure that his work will be long remembered. David Cheek, who died in June 1996 at the age of 84, was a pioneering obstetrician and researcher who illuminated the realities of infant consciousness in both prenatal and neonatal life, and invented new approaches to infertility, premature birth, and birth trauma. David was a beloved and loyal member of APPPAH, served on the Board of Directors for five years, and was a popular speaker at congresses.