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Frontiers in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

with Thomas Verny, MD

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Lecture One- Opening Windows to the Womb: Foundational Constructs of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

This session we'll consider:

  • Life begins well before birth, characteristics of prenatal life
  • How development is affected by both Nature and Nurture


Lecture Two- Influences on Prenatal Life: Genetics and Epigenetics of Prenatal Growth and Development

This lecture will discuss:

  • Genetics, the blueprint for body and mind
  •  Epigenetics, transgenerational transmission of acquired characteristics


Lecture Three- Prenatal and Perinatal Origins of Childhood and Adult Diseases: How the Womb Environment Influences Future Physical and Mental Health

This lecture will discuss:

  • Effects of maternal stress, anxiety, mood disorders, and additions
  • Effects of maternal health and wellbeing


Lecture Four- Prenatal and Postnatal Communication and Bonding: How Trust is Built and Why It Matters

This lecture will discuss:

  • Hormones, neurotransmitters, and biological systems that support bonding
  • Promoting development of trust and empathy


Chapter 5 : Designing for Machine Learning

This lecture will discuss:

  • Male & female brain growth differences, implications for bonding and personality
  • How the mode of birth affects baby’s microbiome


Thomas Verny, MD


Thomas R. Verny is a psychiatrist, writer and academic. His seminal book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child became an international bestseller published now in 27 countries and has changed the pregnancy and childbirth experience for millions of mothers and fathers.

In 1983 Thomas Verny founded the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Association of North America (PPPANA, renamed APPPAH in 1995), and served as its president for eight years. In 1986 he launched the Association's Journal (JOPPPAH), which he edited from its inception until 1990. He served again as Editor-In-Chief from 2013 to 2016.

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