Ann Diamond Weinstein


Brief Bio:  Ann Diamond Weinstein, PhD is a Preconception, Prenatal and Early Parenting Specialist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. In her consultation practice she provides education and coaching to mental health and health professionals, educators, individuals and families on the relationship between prenatal and early postnatal development and experience, and an individual’s health, behavior and relationships over their life span.

Dr. Weinstein offers trauma-informed educational seminars and videoconference study groups on the impacts of maternal psychophysiological states on the developing prenate. Her exploration of the effects of maternal prenatal stress and traumatic stress on child development, and on the quality of the maternal-child relationship, illuminates the importance of addressing the unique needs of each mother-to-be during their transition to parenting. Dr. Weinstein’s work with practitioners, educators and parents focuses on the cultivation of nurturing environments that support a felt-sense of safety and compassionate connections during the preconception, prenatal and early parenting periods.

A wealth of knowledge, theory and research from multiple disciplines informs her work. It is synthesized in Dr. Weinstein’s new book, Prenatal Development and Parents’ Lived Experiences: How Early Events Shape Our Psychophysiology and Relationships (2016), Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. The book highlights the opportunity that exists for parents-to-be and the practitioners who care for them to intentionally create nurturing internal and external environments in the preconception through early parenting periods. Such environments support healthy development in children and adults over the life span, and may also benefit future generations. Learn more at: www.anndiamondweinstein.com.

Title of Presentation: "The Impacts of Past Trauma on Experience During the Preconception, Prenatal and Early Parenting Periods: Implications for Parents-to-Be, Developing Babies, and Practitioners"

Brief Description of Presentation: This presentation will provide recent knowledge, research and the lived-experiences of parents-to-be to deepen our insight into how we can best support individuals and families in the preconception, prenatal and early parenting periods.