APPPAH offers Monday Live lectures to members, non-members, and students who wish to expand their knowledge of topics in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology.

Current Schedule


September:  Foundations

  • 12:  Introduction to Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology with Susan Highsmith, PhD
  • 19:  Past Trauma Impacts Women’s and Girls’ Experiences During the Preconception, Prenatal and Early Parenting Periods: Potential Consequences for Their Developing Babies with Ann Weinsten, PhD
  • 26: 12 Guiding Principles for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology  with Marti Glenn, PhD

October:  Ethics

  • 3:  Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 10: A Conversation about Ethics & Right Relationship with Kylea Taylor
  • 17: The Ethics of Early Care with Darcia Narvez, PhD
  • 24:  Ethical Fading, a Discussion on Ethics, Creation, and Authenticity in Birth with Kala Becca and Kate White

November:  Prenatal Development and Epigenetics

  • 7:  Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 14:  Epigenetics: How the Environment Impacts Our Biology, and That of Our Children Even Before Conception with Charan Surdhar from GeneOM (see
  • 21:  Discussion about the movie In Utero, and receive our User's Guide co-produced with Kindred Media, with Marti Glenn, Lisa Reagan and Kate White
  • 28:  Resilient Babies: Infant Mental Health and Development with Annie Brook, PhD

December:  Neuroscience

  • 5: Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 12: Dancing with Yin and Yang with John Chitty: A Focus on the Theme of Betrayal
  • 19: A First Step on the Journey: Recognizing and Inaugurating Practices to Pass The Stanford Marshmallow Test
    (Addressing The Prefrontal Paradox) with Mark Brady, PhD
  • 26:  Narrative Medicine with Elsa Asher, MS, CD(DONA)


January:  Psychological Theories

  • 2: Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 9: Toward a Unified Theory of Memory with Thomas Verny, MD
  • 16: Psychotherapy with Infants with William Emerson. PhD
  • 23: Welcoming Consciousness: Principles, Questions, Answers with Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD

February:  PPN and Culture

  • 6: Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 13: PPN and Gender with Chanti Smith, CPM, SEP and Elsa Asher, MS, CD(DONA)
  • 20: Making In Utero with Kathleen Gyllenhaal
  • 27: Accessing the Right Side of the Brain and Birth with Sandra Bardsley

March: Prenatal Learning, Bonding ~ Attachment

  • 6: Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 13: Kate White, Prenatal Bonding/Conscious Pregnancy
  • 20:  Chris McKee, The Importance of Fathers and Father-Baby Bonding
  • 27:  Myrna Martin on Major Prenatal Influences on Bonding and Attachment 

April:  Labor and Delivery: Birth

  • 3: Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 10:  About Connections, Consciously Preparing for Birth with Ray Castellino and Mary Jackson 
  • 17: Penny Simkin: If Birth Is Traumatic
  • 24: TBA

May:  Supported Attachment and Breastfeeding

  • 1: Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 8: Distinguishing between Shock and Trauma, a special talk by William Emerson
  • 15:  The Sacred Hour with Raylene Phillips
  • 22:  Breastfeeding and Birth Trauma with Kathleen Kendall Tackett
  • 29:  Attachment and the Neonate with Kelduyn Garland

June:  Parenting Styles

  • 5: Tour of the Classroom and Technical Questions
  • 12:  Rebecca Thompson-Hitt on Consciously Parenting
  • 19: Stephanie Dueger on Attachment
  • 26: TBA

July:  Implications and Inspiration

Description of Monday Live Calls*
The PPNE program invites students to participate in four live calls on a monthly basis, ocurring each Monday at 9 am PT, noon ET, 4 pm GMT.  These calls will be with a live facilitator, mostly the Director of Education and guests.
  • First Monday:  Orientation, technical questions, program functions, module and quiz issues.  Answering questions such as how does this work anyway?
  • Second and Third Mondays:  Content on the Module of the Month, powerpoints, guest speakers, content oriented question and answer
  • Fourth Monday:  Process oriented questions, student check in, embodiment practices, student presentations.
  • If there is a Fifth Monday in the month, we pause and relax.

Regular Cost for Full Monday Live Series (Included with the PPNE Program after July 2015)

  • $129 Members
  • $149 Non-members

Regular cost for one Monday Live lecture:

  • $19

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