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The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles
Reviewer: Karen Ehrlich
Date of Review: 10/2005

Think for a moment about your high school or college biology classes. What were you taught about cells-the basic units that make up all of life? What part of the cell is the brain of the cell?

I'll tell you in a minute. First, I want to introduce the author who caused me to rethink the answer to this basic question. Bruce Lipton is an APPPAH member whose talks at conferences have been stimulating, thought-provoking, lively, and popular ones, causing us all to expand our minds about the cellular basis of pre- and perinatal psychology. In his new book, The Biology of Belief:...

The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease
Reviewer: Michael D Trout
Date of Review: 10/2005

I have focused my attentions, during the last year of reading, on the neurobiology of trauma. Robert Scaer's remarkable treatise has particularly grabbed my attention for its innocence, its profundity, its empiricism, its clear-headed medical suggestion that pain-and long-term response to sudden physical trauma-may be linked to earlier, emotional trauma. A simple example: the length of time whiplash symptoms persist after a motor vehicle accident may have less to do with the particulars of the accident itself than with whether or not the victim had been-even decades before-abused.

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Earthbabies: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times
Reviewer: Marjorie L Rand
Date of Review: 05/2005

This charming book is written in a conversational style that makes it easy to read and to digest and is beautifully illustrated by Paige Sullivan. The author takes the voice of a wise woman who tells stories (lessons from the womb) by the fire for twelve nights. She suggests the reader read each of the twelve chapters one at a time in order to follow the material in real time.

The chapters follow a pattern of prenatal development, the first corresponding to pre-conception, called "the time before zero," and carrying the message that we have a responsibility to those who are not yet...

Prenatal Parenting
Reviewer: Jon R G Turner
Date of Review: 05/2005

Birthing a baby is obviously a quest of epic proportions for a family. You will face transformational challenges that will call upon all of your internal resources and powers. Your external prize will be a wondrous baby. Your internal treasure will be a new commitment to protecting and nourishing this miracle. - Frederick Wirth

While Prenatal Parenting was published in 2001, its message is relevant today, as it will be in the future. Pregnancy and birthing in the USA present us with a conundrum. Even as the skills of science and medicine focus on birth, large is the number of...

The Jonathon Letters
Reviewer: Kelduyn R Garland
Date of Review: 05/2005

When "birthing" comes to mind, scenarios range from a home birth with midwives, a doula, supportive husband/mate and friends-and even a water tub for laboring/birthing ... to ... hospitals with labor & delivery rooms, ob's, nurses-and possibly a midwife, doula and husband/mate present, optional birthing room and, if lucky, a tub of water for laboring/birthing.

Michael Trout and Lori Thomas offer us a different "birthing" process/journey in their book, The Jonathan Letters. Michael Trout is the "doula" who provides long distance email support from half-way across the country to...

Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies' Wholeness from the Beginning of Life, An Integrated Model of Early Development
Reviewer: David B Chamberlain
Date of Review: 05/2005

This unique work of Wendy Anne McCarty is an intellectual milestone-the first attempt to integrate theory and practice of pre- and perinatal psychology with other early developmental theories. Adept in positive appreciation of the currently separate fields and gifted in discerning both shortcomings and greater potentials, Wendy also understands the imperative to move beyond a fixed Newtonian view of reality to a comprehensive science of human consciousness. Considering these many talents, I cannot think of a better person to handle a sensitive project of this scope. Or one who could wrap...

The Psychology of Birth: Invitation to Intimacy
Reviewer: Bobbi Jo Lyman
Date of Review: 03/2005

This is an extraordinary film, suitable for a wide audience, on the importance of the events during the earliest of human developmental stages. The film presents new material about what babies can tell us about their experience, given a supportive atmosphere, and as well how adults explore and heal traumatic separations and problematic relationship issues.The script is well written (and sensitively narrated by Binnie A. Dansby) and director's vision as shown through the images is truly noteworthy. This is an educational or documentary film that features Joseph Chilton Pearce, Barbara...

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Reviewer: Karen Ehrlich
Date of Review: 12/2004

Ina May Gaskin is arguably the most recognized midwife in the United States. Her new book is a clear-eyed look at what birth has become and how we can regain a sense of the wisdom of nature. Ina May has been front-and-center in the movement to humanize and optimize pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting since before her first book, Spiritual Midwifery, was published in 1975. Along with Birth Book written by Raven Lang (1972) and Immaculate Deception by Suzanne Arms (1975), Gaskin's work was instrumental in awakening a generation to the benefits of embracing the power and inherent...

The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads to Happier, Healthier Development
Reviewer: Kelli Cymraes Lincoln
Date of Review: 12/2004

Quite simply, developmental psychologist Sharon Heller's The Vital Touch is the best, most comprehensive guide to good, early parenting on the market today. This book synthesizes all of the current research on attachment parenting issues, such as baby-wearing, breastfeeding and the family bed. These issues and the corresponding research are vitally important to our babies, who aren't allowed a second chance at childhood. That Heller understands these issues also are important to society as a whole is shown by her comment that societies have either "cooperated and shared resources" or "...

A Holistic Guide To Embracing Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood: Wisdom and Advice by a Doula
Reviewer: Ellen Miller
Date of Review: 10/2004

In this book, doula Karen Salt offers an abundance of suggestions, practical applications, tools, exercises, resources and information for any pregnant mother to prepare in mind, body and spirit for the birth of her baby. Partners and doulas can also benefit from reading this book. The information is well-organized and in a number of different styles, such as numbered lists, tables, and narratives chock-full of explicit examples and imagery. This book can serve as an ongoing reference guide throughout pregnancy by use of the index to look up key areas of interest. As well, it is a good...

Book Review: Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive
Reviewer: Jeane Rhodes
Date of Review: 10/2004

Dr. Siegel and Ms. Hartzell have collaborated to bring us a truly exceptional parenting book. This book should be required reading for all parents and for anyone working with families. Further, the insights to be gained through understanding one's own development is of great value whether or not you are a parent. The blending of neurobiology and attachment research has resulted in a comprehensive and very readable text describing how interpersonal relationships directly affect the development of the brain.

Rather than teach parents "techniques" for better parenting, Dr. Siegel and...

FATHERBIRTH: A Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind
Reviewer: Martin Srajek
Date of Review: 10/2004

Fatherbirth is intended for an audience of parents-but specifically fathers-interested in understanding more about the "mystery and power of life itself captured in pre- and perinatal events. Consistent with current research on the topic, the authors propose that these events have a "profoundly significant role in stimulating the initial bonding process between parents and child and in catalyzing the personal growth of the parent." In the context of increasing numbers of child-abuse and other forms of violence, the authors see bonding as a way to increase "species identification-the...

9 Journeys Home
Reviewer: Sandra Collier-Verny
Date of Review: 05/2004

Bob Mandel is a skilled teacher and personal growth trainer. Very early in his career, he saw the connection between pre- and perinatal experience and later personality development, and he has been an enthusiastic supporter of APPPAH since its inception. His latest book, 9 Journeys Home, draws on Mandel's wealth of knowledge gained working with groups and individuals both in the United States and throughout the world. The book is well organized, clearly written, and richly layered. It is divided into nine parts, each describing one particular aspect of the process of self-reclamation and...

Having a Baby, Naturally
Reviewer: Robert J Oliver
Date of Review: 03/2004

I recommend Having a Baby, Naturally. I was kept in the Fathers' smoky waiting room while my first child was birthing through her very frightened mother. I was allowed to see her only through a glass window, could not stay in the room while she was there, and did not get to lay hands on her until she was 3 weeks old. That was how it was in the 50s. Fathers were "nothing but trouble." For my second family, I was the father, the OB, and support for their mother as the two girls were born under hypnoanesthesia, safely and happily.

"This book has focused on the tendency in our culture...

HAVING TWINS and MORE
Reviewer: Jeannine Parvati Baker
Date of Review: 03/2004

Elizabeth Noble has inspired me for a quarter of a century. Her revision of the classic HAVING TWINS informs how thoroughly the "Birth Machine" has infiltrated childbirth. The cradle is still being rocked by society's hand, but nowadays it a mechanical one-cold, steel, electronic, and expensive. In multiple births, everything is multipliedthe anticipation, the fear, the costs, and possible damage to the psychological integrity of the family unit when treated as "high risk." Maintaining connection with one baby already is tricky enough, in our individualistic culture, yet to deal with the...

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcision
Reviewer: Marilyn Fayre Milos
Date of Review: 03/2004

Several decades ago, Sheila Curran, R.N., and I founded the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC), of which I am currently the director. In our efforts to educate the public on the facts about circumcision, I learned early on several important lessons: first, generally speaking, no one wants to hear bad news; second, no parent wants to be told that he or she has done something wrong to their child; third, no circumcised adult male wants to be told that the size and sensitivity of his penis has been diminished by genital alteration. The overwhelming...

The Psychology of Birth
Reviewer: Donna Worden
Date of Review: 10/2003

My first impression of this video program was "What nice music!" And there are many other features that make it worthy of attention, notably, interviews with many of the bright, early lights in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology and health. Offering tidbits throughout the film are Thomas Verny, Marshall Klaus, Stanislav Grof, Bruce Lipton, Phyllis Klaus, Susan Love, Bob Oliver and the filmmaker herself, Barbara Findeisen.

Dr. Verny tells us that the nine months in utero are the most psychologically significant in the lifespan, there is no separation between mind and body,...

Nature, Nurture, and the Power of Love: The Biology of Conscious Parenting; The new science of how parents shape the character and potential of their child's life
Reviewer: Barbara Findeisen
Date of Review: 05/2003

Dr. Bruce Lipton's new video, "Nature, Nurture, and the Power of Love," is a must-see for anyone interested in parenting, biology, preand perinatal psychology, or the influence of genetic development. This brilliant and exciting video provides a major contribution in understanding the role environment plays in genetic selection. Contrary to the currently accepted dogma of Genetic Determinism, genes have no ability to self-start. In fact, genes are activated by signals from the environment. The old medical model, that we are merely biochemical machines controlled by our genes, can no longer...

The Radiant Heart: Healing the Heart, Healing the Soul and Birthing Radiant Babies
Reviewer: Dorothea S McArthur
Date of Review: 05/2003

The Radiant Heart is a positive and clearly written book outlining Radiant Heart Therapy, developed by Dr. Wendt. The book also describes the personal growth Dr. Wendt has accomplished, to acquire the spiritual connections necessary to be truly creative with her own life and with others. She shares her own doubts and concerns and demonstrates how these issues were resolved for her. She has helped her psychotherapy patients to not only deal with their traumas and unresolved issues but become spiritually open. Sharon Wendt works with patients both in individual and group work.

Dr....

A Clear Road to Birth
Reviewer: Giselle E Whitwell
Date of Review: 03/2003

This remarkable and revolutionary video takes us on a journey not heretofore shared in the visual realm. It documents the unassisted childbirth movement, including how it came into existence in the 1950s and continues to grow, along with the particular experiences of several trailblazing mothers who have given birth without assistance from other than immediate family members.

Laura Shanley wrote a book entitled Unassisted Childbirth in 1994 and was the catalyst for this movement. She became a source of information for other women who felt a deep desire to birth by themselves. The...

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