APPPAH's 22nd International Congress

A Global Online Event coming this fall

An extraordinary opportunity to connect with the APPPAH community around the world

November 19-21, 2021

The Science and Mystery of Pregnancy and Birth:

How They Shape Our Minds, Bodies and Societies

The birth of infants into this world...

...involves both the science of the known world and the mystery of the yet unknown. We are continually discovering new aspects of how pregnancy and birth impact the lives of mothers, babies and families, and ultimately shape our society. If we want to change the world, we must change how we relate to babies before, during, and after birth.


Education designed

to increase your knowledge

and awareness about...

  • How our conception, pregnancy and birth affect our lives as adults
  • How our earliest experiences beginning at conception impact our physical bodies, our mental beliefs, our emotional capacity and our social lives
  • How improving the physical and emotional bonding process between mom and baby can influence the family for generations to come



Explore how the science and mystery of birth psychology

can enhance your work as an agent of change for parents and families,

expanding the potential for healthy birth outcomes.

Keynote Speakers


Bruce Lipton, PhD


Heather Clarke, DNP, CNM, LM, APRN, RN, FACNM



Raylene Phllips, MD, MA, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC


Join the conversation!

Opportunities for breakout conversations and panel discussions will follow each keynote session. Join us and explore ways to catalyze change and further expand the critical field of Birth Psychology around the world.

Day One: Friday November 19

Wounded Children Becoming Parents

Nour M Zaki, Phd


The Role of Occupational Therapy in Prenatal Mental Health & Infant Bonding to Support the Transition to Motherhood

Donna Seegers Abler, OTR-L and Margaret Ann Bledsoe OTD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA


Music: The Food of Love

Rita Rikhof, BA, and Susan Highsmith, PhD


Effective PPN-Oriented Coaching to Help Young Children with Challenges Thrive

Wendy Ann McCarty, PhD, RN, HNB-BC, DCEP


Transforming Society Through Prenatal Memory

Akira Ikegawa, MD, PhD & Prenatal Memory Group


Energy, Emotions and the Embryo: Bridging Science and Mystery

Kathleen Scherek, MPA, Med, AMI, PPNE


Supporting Pregnancy & Birth With Water

Sophia Michalopoulou, MA and Kelduyn R Garland, PhD, DD, CJSJP


How Prenatal and Perinatal Experiences Reverberate Throughout a Person's Life

Phyllis Klaus, LMFT, LCSW


Talking To In-Utero Babies and Body Talk

Joanne Fisher, CBTP, CISE, CBTP and Ellynne Skove, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT, NCC


Day 2 Saturday November 20

Cultivating a Mindfulness Relationship-Based Parenting Culture at Times of Adversity

Antonella Sansone, MA, PhD(c)


Preparing for a Peaceful Birth with Music

Mary DiCamillo, EdD, PPMT, PPNE and Kate Comstock, MT-BC


Reclaiming Pregnancy and Birth From the COVID-19 Disconnect: Reconnecting to Self, Baby and Beyond

Alyssa Shepherd, DC


Introduction to Father Family Principles and Strategies for Effective Father Engagement

Kevin Bremond, BS


Adverse Babyhood Experiences (ABES): 10 Indicators of Risk and 5 Opportunities for Preventing and Treating Chronic Illness

Veronique Mead, MD


Teaching Teens by Creating Connections Matters

Pamela Caron, MSN, PPNE


Bonding and Attachment Through the Lens of Functional Medicine, PPN Principles, and Meditation

Nina Ketscher, MA, PPNE, CEIM and Joel Evans, MD


APPPAH's Fundamentals Application in Colombia: Attachment, Impact of Pregnancy and Birth, Cultural Diversity

Maria De La Luz Giraldo, PhD, Diana Agudelo, MS, and Gloria Hernández, MA, MS


When You Wish Upon a Star and Your Dreams Don't Come True: Reproductive and Pre/Perinatal Loss

Kelduyn Garland, PhD, DD, CJSJP

Day 3 Sunday November 21

Nurturing Human Potential From the Beginning of Life through Occupational Therapy

Margaret Ann Bledsoe, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA


"Blinded" Motherhood - The Impact of Postpartum Emotional Disorder on Four Generations of Mothers and Babies

Simina Angelescu, MA and Daniela Marincas, MD


An Introduction to Havening: the Magic of Healing in Your Hands

Alison Shaloe, Rm, IBCLC and Ellynne Skove, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT, NCC


The Building & Enhancing of Bonding & Attachment (BEBA) Clinic 2020 Study: A Tribute to Ray Castellino

Tara Blasco, PhD and Susan Highsmith, PhD


How to Access Early Memories and Change Your Life

Francois Gerland and Kelduyn R Garland, PhD, DD, CJSJP


The Holding Relationship in Our Work with Young Children and their Families

Michael Trout, MA


Perinatal Massage: How to Support Women and Their Babies Before, During and After Birth

Tammy Roeker, LMT, CETMB, CBE, CD and Ellynne Skove, MA, LCAT,  BC-DMT, NCC


Being with Babies: Practical Application of Birth Psychology for All Who Work with Babies

Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D, CD and Raylene Phillips, MD, MA, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC


Experiential Workshop of Somatic Exercises to Support Babies and Soothe Adults - Prenatally and After

Judyth Weaver, PhD, RCST, SEP

Register for the Congress to view the schedule, choose breakout sessions, and design your Congress experience!

Early Bird Registration Discount Available Until October 1

For questions, please contact

An Invitation from APPPAH President Dr. Raylene Phillips

Production by Mindful Birth Podcast Team, APPPAH Team, Videvo Team

CMEs are being applied for physicians, midwives, and nurses.

CE Credits are being applied for to cover the following Mental/Behavioral Health Professionals: Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors.

APPPAH is an Approved Provider with NCBTMB [#934] to provide CE Credits for Massage Therapists and Therapeutic Bodyworkers.

APPPAH Is an approved provider with NBHWC to provide CE credits for Health & Wellness Coaches.

CAPPA: Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered for Childbirth Educators, Doulas [Labor and PostPartum], Lactation Educators, and New Parent Educators under approval Certificate #8112021-54 for   54      CAPPA Contact hours.

Note:   DOULA   = CEs provided under CAPPA, even if not a Childbirth educator. If also registering for medical/massage,/childbirth educator:  this covers for DOULA and you do not have to pay the fee for this category - will have to pay the fee if registering for mental health professional or DOULA alone.