I am honored to be the guest editor for the Winter 2018 issue of JOPPPAH. Having worked on the journal for the past few years, first as the book review editor and then as the assistant editor, I’ve had the privilege of reading, editing, and helping to highlight some of the most exciting research in our field.
Additionally, I’ve had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the past two APPPAH International Conferences, as well as the most recent Regional Conference in October, here in Colorado. This excellent conference not only spotlighted presentations based on Trauma Informed Care from local, national, and international presenters, but also increased APPPAH membership, and fueled excitement for the next International Conference here in November, 2019.
We are featuring four research articles in this issue – one from the United Kingdom, two from Israel, and one from Australia – as well as one book review.
Opening the issue is a quantitative research article from Amy Lauren Shapira and Yeela Tomsis on Israeli women’s attitudes towards the natural cesarean, a technique that attempts to mirror the natural vaginal birth process as much as possible, and to increase active parental participation immediately following the birth. The authors also explored how widespread the practice of the Natural Cesarean is in Israeli obstetrics, amidst the worldwide rise in cesarean birth rates.
Our second team of quantitative research contributors, Christine McKee and Peta Stapleton, from Australia, tested consensus-based factors needed in developing pre- and perinatal parenting programs, such as information pregnant couples might benefit from learning, program delivery methods and locations, benefits of and barriers to attending, and most effective potential facilitators.
Next Rebecca Stockley, from the United Kingdom, shares a qualitative research article examining women’s personal experiences of postpartum psychosis during onset and early days. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), she highlights four superordinate themes emerging from her research, and explores how women might experience postpartum psychosis, challenges in identifying it, and possible contributing factors.
In our Sharing Space, Ofra Lubetzky from Israel, offers insight into women’s poetry, which painfully reflects the absence of, and deep desire for, motherhood. She states at the end of her article, “It would seem, however, that the experience of motherhood has no substitute; it is unique and unconditional, even if it sometimes comes at the expense of the woman's self.”
And finally, we have included a book review from Courtney L. Williams on An Integrative Approach to Treating Babies and Children: A Multidisciplinary Guide (2017), edited by John Wilks. The reviewer gives her honest account of the essays contained in the book, inviting readers to mine for the information within the pages that they would find most beneficial for their families or practices.
As always, we would appreciate your feedback on this journal issue. If you are reading online and would like to share a comment on the issue as a whole, please scroll to the bottom of the journal page on birthpsychology.com and post your comment after the editorial. If you’d like to comment on a particular article, please leave your comment after the article itself. And if you are reading a print copy of the journal, please visit https://birthpsychology.com/journals and select the issue where you’d like to leave your comments. Thank you.
We hope you enjoy all of our selections in the winter edition, and that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Stephanie Dueger, PhD, LPC
Guest Editor/ Assistant Editor