• Policy Statement from American Academy of Pediatricians: Early experiences with significant stress are critical

Although not new to the APPPAH community, New York Times columnist, Nicolas Kristof, and The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAU) are talking about the effects of early toxic stress from conception onward.

New York Times column:

• Fetus Senses Mother's Emotions

Although this may not be news for APPPAH members the article and research serves to support APPPAH's perspective.

As a fetus grows, it's constantly getting messages from its mother. It's not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother's mental state. If the mother is depressed, that affects how the baby develops after it's born.

• Staunching Aggression from the Womb

Note: Ms. Liu was published in Volume 18, Issue 4 or our journal - article titled "Prenatal and Perinatal Complications as Predispositions to Externalizing Behavior".

Crime and delinquency have roots in the womb, and so the risks can and should be addressed early on, even before a child is born, a University of Pennsylvania researcher says.

According to a large body of research, the early risk factors that may predispose a child to violence include teen pregnancy, birth complications, lead exposure, head injury, child abuse, and maternal stress and depression.

• Devoted Moms Buffer Kids in Poverty

Submitted by: pprontzos@langara.bc.ca

NOTE: This study does NOT blame the parents of poor children. The problem
stems from poverty itself, which could be easily eliminated, and not only in the richer countries. It simply points out that - whatever the problem - children tend to be more resilient when they are lucky enough to have one or more loving caregivers.
BTW, the number of poor children is increasing in many countries, including England, Greece, the US, and Canada (British Columbia has the highest level of child poverty in Canada).

• Prenatal Exposure to Stress Linked to Accelerated Cell Aging

ScienceDaily (Sep. 16, 2011) — Young adults whose mothers experienced psychological trauma during their pregnancies show signs of accelerated aging, a UC Irvine-led study found. The researchers discovered that this prenatal exposure to stress affected the development of chromosome regions that control cell aging processes. The study results, which appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, point to the importance of maternal health and well-being during pregnancy.

Means to Reduce Violence May Start in Utero

Never Too Soon: Means to Reduce Violence May Start in Utero ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2011) The seeds of violence may be planted before a child is born...Nursing Assistant Professor Jianghong Liu, PhD, RN, in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior. Science News

Oxytocin - Response to JOPPPAH article Volume 25, Issue 2

In response to Dr. Plothe's article, "The Perinatal Application of Synthetic Oxytocin and its Possible Influence on the Human Psyche and the Etiology of Autism"

Dr. Quevedo writes:

The Second Discovery Of Amerika !

The most famous scientists of the world finally discovered yesterday what everybody always knew ! ** Mother's stress reaches baby in womb ** Babies born to mothers who were stressed during pregnancy grow up less able to cope with stress themselves, researchers believe. http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/health-14187905

Wikipedia and PPN

Did you know there is a pre and perinatal psychology page on Wikipedia? It is quite interesting and contains a lot of basic information about our field." and include the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenatal_and_perinatal_psychology Posted by Jeane Rhodes, Journal Editor

Our New Website from the Santa Rosa Junior College

Welcome to the new website.

A team of talented and dedicated students from the Santa Rosa Junior College have designed and developed our website. The site now has much to offer visitors and members.

If you are a member, login to use features such as:

• Members-only directory
• Adding your information to the public directory (practitioners listing)
• Posting your upcoming events
• Posting comments to blogs
• Reviewing journal articles online with unlimited downloads of past articles
• Searching for favorite authors
• Keyword searches for research projects