Marilyn Milos (1985) At my first Congress, in 1985, Ashley Montagu was at the podium receiving a Human Rights Award, and I stood not far from him in my booth. Ashley pointed to the sign above my booth that read, National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC), looked at me, and said, "I've talked against circumcision for years.
Some folks in NC are working towards a coordinated system of care beginning with the youngest. In October, the NC Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association will officially form after a year of foundational work; their mission statement will include the intention to work with families from conception onward. In March, NC Institute of Medicine formed the Task Force on the Mental Health, Social, and Emotional Needs of Young Children and Their Families upon the mandate of the NC legislature.
Myrna Martin has been spreading the word in such far-flung US locales as Hawaii, Washington, Colorado, Virginia, DC, Alaska, and also across Canada in the past year, presenting a seminar on Prenatal Origins of Physical and Mental Health as well as facilitating Birthing Yourself process workshops. She has noticed a new level of awareness in her attendees about the vital importance of the time from preconception through age two—topics she covers in the contexts of epigenetic environmental influences, attachment, and development.