Journal for Prenatal & Perinatal

Psychology & Health

34 Years of Peer-Reviewed Research

Journal For Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (JOPPPAH)

JOPPPAH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published continuously since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child. JOPPPAH invites original articles based on clinical work, experimental research, case studies, and self-report. Please review the guidelines for contributing authors by clicking on the link below and submit your articles to [email protected]  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Letter from the Editor

Fall 2021

Our third and final journal issue of 2021 is filled with many goodbyes, as well as celebrations of the work and lives of integral contributors to APPPAH and the prenatal and perinatal psychology field.

First, the entire JOPPPAH editorial team wishes a heartfelt goodbye to Keelee DeRosier, our amazing Managing Editor for the past four years, without whom not a single journal issue would have been produced. Keelee has worked diligently designing and formatting, and redesigning and reformatting, every issue of JOPPPAH during this time. She has been an indispensable member of our team, a very dear colleague and friend, and a continuous advocate for expectant and new parents and their little ones. We hope for nothing but the very best for Keelee as she follows her other passions in life. We are also thrilled to welcome our new Managing Editor, Jess Kimball, who will be taking over the position following this issue.

Additionally, we are sad to bid farewell to Jazman Allen, PsyD, one of our two Associate Editors. She has been an important and positive member of the JOPPPAH team for two years, reviewing incoming articles, providing valuable feedback, and contributing a wonderful interview with midwife Jennie Joseph for JOPPPAH. We wish Jazman the best as she moves on to other pursuits.

This journal issue is largely a tribute to Raymond Castellino, DC (retired), RPP, RPE, RCST®, who was a tireless pioneer in prenatal and perinatal psychology and health and passed away a year ago. Dr. Castellino used energetic and somatic approaches to facilitate attachment and bonding in the clinic he co-founded with Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD and co-directed with Tara Blasco, PhD, called BEBA (see below). Specifically, he helped families resolve and integrate prenatal, birth, and other early trauma, and trained facilitators in his effective methods. He was loved and appreciated by a great number of people in the APPPAH community and around the world and is deeply missed.

The first article, The Building & Enhancing Bonding & Attachment (BEBA) Clinic Retrospective Study, was written by Susan Highsmith, PhD, Tara Blasco, PhD, Kate White, MA, Caroline Kelsey, PhD, and Moriah Melin, PhD, after two years of research. The authors used a mixed methods study to examine the impact of the work completed with families at the BEBA clinic in the past 27 years of its operation. The research team found the feedback to be positive overall and validating of their efforts to help clients heal from challenges during the prenatal, perinatal, and ensuing developmental times. They present a model that may help other organizations creating similar programs.

The BEBA article is followed by Dr. Castellino’s own article from 1995/1996, Being with Newborns: An Introduction to Somatotropic Therapy® Attention to the Newborn: Healing Betrayal, New Hope for Prevention of Violence. It describes his lifework in this field, the evaluation, prevention, and treatment of the earliest traumas, and how incorporating the body into treatment is necessary for healing. Following is the touching letter Dr. Castellino wrote in the time preceding his death, as well as his obituary, which was run in the first issue of JOPPPAH this year.

We are saddened to include two other obituaries of pre- and perinatal psychology pioneers: those of Barbara Reid Findeisen, PhD, and Peter Fedor-Freybergh, MD, who both recently passed. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Findeisen was a psychotherapist for 40 years, a founding member of APPPAH, its third president, a previous board member, and an active contributor to the organization. She left an enduring impact on all those privileged to know her and work with her. Dr. Fedor-Freybergh was a master of integration of many divergent fields; he created the interdisciplinary forum ISPPM—the International Society for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine—and its journal, which was an inspiration for the creation of APPPAH. These two organizations are now the world’s foremost organizations in pre- and perinatal psychology and health. Dr. Fedor-Freybergh was a prolific contributor and is also appreciated for his deep humanity.

Dr. Thomas R. Verny next shares with us his personal journey into and through the pre- and perinatal professional world, as well as some of his many contributions, beginning before 1977. We follow this with a review of Dr. Verny’s newest fascinating book, The Embodied Mind: Understanding the Mysteries of Cellular Memory, Consciousness, and Our Bodies (2021) by Barbara Decker, HBCE, PPNE.

We have included two additional book reviews by Barbara Hotelling, MSN, RN, our Book Review Editor: When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women (2004), by Penny Simkin & Phyllis Klaus; and Cultivating Mindfulness to Raise Children Who Thrive: Why Human Connection from Before Birth Matters (2020) by Antonella Sansone—both books she advises all those who work with expectant, birthing, and new parents to refer to. We finish our issue with a final book review by our previous Editor-in-Chief, Jeane Rhodes, PhD, who reviews the excellent book, Spirit into Form: Exploring Embryological Potential and Prenatal Psychology (2021), written by one of APPPAH’s frequent contributors, Cherionna Menzam-Sills, PhD.

Thank you for your support of APPPAH and our journal. We welcome your comments, which you can post on the journal pages of our website or send via email to the journal editors at [email protected]. We wish you and your loved ones a nurturing and relaxing holiday season and a happy new year.


Stephanie Dueger, PhD, LPC





APPPAH's Peer Reviewed Journal Publication Policies

Guidelines for Contributing Authors


The Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health accepts only original material that is not under consideration by any other publications. Articles should be word-processed and transmitted electronically as a Word document to the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to edit manuscripts for length, clarity, and conformity with the journal’s style. The author should retain his/her copy. American spelling should be used. The paper should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words with a 100–word abstract and at least three keywords. (See further guidelines for submitting a manuscript in the current APA Publication Manual (2020), specifically, “Author Responsibilities.”


The journal is interested in publishing theoretical and empirical articles utilizing data gained from clinical work, experimental research, case studies, and self-report. Among the areas of special interest are:


  • Psychological factors that affect conception, pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period;
  • The reciprocal mechanisms of interaction between the pregnant mother and her unborn and sentient child and the mother and her newborn;
  • The influence of the family, society, and the environment on the pregnant mother and her unborn child;
  • Evidence-based measures that will improve the emotional well-being of mothers, fathers, and newborns;
  • The psychological effects of medical technology during conception, pregnancy, labor, and birth on all parties concerned;
  • Methods of prevention and intervention/resolution of prenatal and perinatal traumas with children and adults;
  • Interfaces between prenatal and perinatal psychology and medicine, genetics, developmental psychology, anthropology, ethics, and the law.


Illustrations, Figures and Tables


All illustrations and tables should be included separately from the manuscript (in a separate document) and should be clearly identified in Arabic numerals, showing which is the top of the illustration if this is not obvious. Tables must supplement the text without duplicating it. Refer to APA publication manual for detailed instructions on tables and figures. Illustrations should either be black-and-white glossy photographs or India ink drawings. Tables, figures, and illustrations should include an appropriate title and be in jpg or png file format. Keep in mind the 6x9 finished size of journal pages.


Other Requirements


Please include 50-100 word brief bio (total for all authors), as well as complete contact information for all authors.


APA Style

Formatting and referencing must follow APA style. References should be limited to work cited in the article. All cited material should be on the reference list.


American Psychological Association (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.