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Learn About Birth Psychology

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Twelve Guiding Principles of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

Watch this brief video to learn more about the Twelve Guiding Principles of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, from Wendy Anne McCarty, one of the therapists who collaborated on the project. 

These guiding principels help us understand our earliest relationship experiences from the baby's point of  view. 

Prenatal and perinatal psychology incorporates research and clinical experience from leading-edge fields such as epigenetics, biodynamic embryology, infant mental health, attachment, early trauma, developmental neurosciences, consciousness studies, and other new sciences.

Prenatal and perinatal psychology-oriented therapists collaborated in an academic community grant project funded by the Bower Foundation to create The Twelve Guiding Principles.


Want to take a deeper dive? 

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birth practitioners, parents and families.

Learning Center

Visit APPPAH's Learning Center to learn  more about our featured programs for birth professionals and parents. Get a taste of the programs created by leaders in prenatal and perinatal research and  education.


Use APPPAH's growing list of resources to research a topic you have in mind, or to get an overview of the research and education around prenatal and perinatal psychology.  Our Resource Library is a curated collection of media including books, videos, podcasts and more.


Become an APPPAH member to connect with other practitioners, educators and families. Get access to APPPAH's Monday LIVE: Exploring Birth Psychology library, APPPAH's peer-reviewed journal and more.

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We look forward to your participation in APPPAH's 

APPPAH LIVE! Exploring Birth Psychology 

speaker series

We invite you to join our community of professionals who are committed

to deepening their knowledge about Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology.

Popular Topics Include:

  • Epigenetics of Pregnancy and Birth

  • Neuroscience of Nurture

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Prenatal Bonding

  • Supported Attachment

  • Holistic Breastfeeding

  • Somatic Psychology of Birth

  • Intergenerational Trauma

  • And Much More!

If You Are A...

Midwife, OB/GYN, Doula, Birth Educator, Lactation Consultant, Nurse, Pediatrician, Chiropractor, Mental Health Professional, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker

Parent or Grandparent


Anyone who loves babies

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We look forward to your participation in APPPAH's Monday LIVE speaker series.