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Reader Comments from Johanna Schacht, Spring 2017
Publication Date: 03/2017
Author(s): Johanna Schacht

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Reader Comments provided by Johanna Schacht in connection with the 2016 Winter Issue [Vol 31(2)] of JOPPPAH, published in the Spring 2017 issue.

Sharing Space: Continuing a Global Perspective of PPN Activism
Publication Date: 03/2017
Author(s): Sandra Bardsley

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This beautifully expressed brief personal reflection from APPPAH’s president, Sandra Bardsley, builds on the previous article from Robbie Davis-Floyd. It highlights the contributions of APPPAH (previously PPPANA) to understanding the importance of prenatal life and birth to each individual and to our world.

Sharing Space: Creating the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): Anthropologically Informed Activism[1]
Publication Date: 03/2017
Author(s): Robbie Davis-Floyd

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This article tells the story of the creation of an international initiative designed to improve childbirth care and childbirth and breastfeeding outcomes for all women and my role in that process—a role that I felt very privileged to play and that was specifically informed by my anthropological perspective.

Stillbirth: Psychosocial Implications of an Unrecognized Issue by Salome Y Dubenetsky
Publication Date: 03/2017
Author(s): Salome Yekta Dubenetzky

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The present study examines the psychosocial implications of experiencing a stillbirth. This theoretical study analyzes the existing scholarly data of this unrecognized issue. A systematic review was adopted for this study to address the research questions presented as well as to examine any links, inconsistencies, or gaps in the information offered. The present study examines what psychological impact the hospital response to a stillbirth has on the parents. A review of the psychological consequences that may result from experiencing a stillbirth is presented.

The Emotional Ramifications of Being Born in a Cesarean Delivery by Amy Lauren Shapira
Publication Date: 03/2017
Author(s): Amy Lauren Shapira

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Cesarean delivery rates have been steadily rising and have reached startling rates worldwide. There is a consensus among pre- and perinatal psychology clinicians that prenatal and perinatal factors create a predisposition that may be exacerbated and adversely affect one’s personality. Although a cesarean delivery is a lifesaving procedure, little attention and respect have been given to the cesarean born baby’s emotional well-being.

The Influence of Birth Trauma on the Physical and Emotional Well-Being of the Baby by Matthew Appleton
Publication Date: 03/2017
Author(s): Matthew Appleton

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This article is based on a talk given at Annual Congress of the International Society for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine, Maastricht, the Netherlands, November 2014. It has been published (in German) in the congress booklet titled Schwangerschaft und Geburt prägen das Leben. The article addresses the underlying influence of birth trauma on the physical and emotional well-being of the baby, which may have lifelong consequences.

A Visual Exploration of Psychodynamics in Problematic Pregnancies by Klaus Evertz
Publication Date: 12/2016
Author(s): Klaus Evertz

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Pregnancy conflicts have a wide range of content and many levels. This paper deals with some predominantly unconscious psychodynamic aspects, which are expressed in strong, ambiguous feelings about the pregnancy, but can often not be explicitly addressed because the social taboos around certain anxiety-related topics are still too great and often the counseling and therapy resources are inadequate to meet the need.

Book Review: Prenatal Development and Parents’ Lived Experiences by Ann Diamond Weinstein
Publication Date: 12/2016
Author(s): Stephanie Dueger

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Prenatal Development and Parents’ Lived Experiences: How early events shape our psychophysiology and relationships. Ann Diamond Weinstein, 2016. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-393-71106-6

Conflicts in Pregnancy: Reports from a Gynecological and Psychotherapeutic Practice by Rupert Linder
Publication Date: 12/2016
Author(s): Rupert Linder

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This article expands further upon the primary topic of this special issue of JOPPPAH: conflicted pregnancy. The author employs case studies to delineate the broad scope of issues that arise to create complications and conflicted feelings upon discovery of a pregnancy.

Love, Pregnancy, Conflict, and Solution by Rupert Linder
Publication Date: 12/2016
Author(s): Rupert Linder

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This article undertakes the momentous task of addressing conflicted pregnancy which is one of the most difficult tasks for a prenatal psychologist. We know and feel the importance of earliest life in the womb. We know how trust is developed prenatally and becomes the foundation for future relationships and how basic imprints are developed that impact the individual’s future.

On the Psycho-History of Pregnancy Conflict by Ludwig Janus
Publication Date: 12/2016
Author(s): Ludwig Janus, Ludwig Janus

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Dealing with pregnancy conflicts has resulted in very different solutions in different eras and different societies. This article provides an overview of the history of the handling of pregnancy conflict in Western Europe. In so doing, it is possible to recognize a line of development in the sense that in early cultures and in the ancient world the relationship to the paternal, secular, and spiritual authorities was at the forefront, while in modern times the pregnancy conflict has become increasingly a conflict within the woman.

Sharing Space: To Be or Not to Be: Prenatal Origins of the Existential “Yes” v. the Self Struggle by Marcy Axness
Publication Date: 12/2016
Author(s): Marcy Axness

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Lifelong effects of conflicted pregnancy are explored from the perspective of the “mistakenly” conceived baby and the adult he/she becomes. Braiding current and classic research with her experience as an adoptee, the author focuses on first trimester influences upon an individual’s predisposition toward optimal growth versus chronic existential struggle.

Book Review: Heal Your Birth Heal Your Life: Tools to Transform your Birth Experience and Create a Magical New Beginning by Sharon King
Publication Date: 09/2016
Author(s): Stephanie Dueger

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Heal Your Birth Heal Your Life: Tools to Transform your Birth Experience and Create a Magical New Beginning by Sharon King, 2015. Bristol, UK: SilverWood Books. ISBN: 978-1-78132-374-8

Book Reviews: Mythology of the Prenatal Life & The Nature of the Self by Francis J. Mott
Publication Date: 09/2016
Author(s): Stephanie Dueger

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Mythology of the Prenatal Life. Francis J. Mott, annotated by R. D. Laing, 1960/2013. London: Starwalker Press. ISBN: 978-0-9558231-8-3 and The Nature of the Self. Francis J. Mott, 1959. London: Starwalker Press. ISBN: 978-0-9558231-6-9

Freud and the Prenatal Dimension of Emotional Experience by Ludwig Janus, MD
Publication Date: 09/2016
Author(s): Ludwig Janus, Ludwig Janus

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The main perspective of this writing is that the development of psychoanalysis occurred in Central Europe within the context of a change of mindset from imperial rule in the 19th century to the democratically oriented 20th century. In short, the shift was from an authoritarian orientation to an orientation of self-experience. The prenatal dimension of experience is given specific focus.

Sharing Space: A Stillbirth by Luisella Magnani
Publication Date: 09/2016
Author(s): Luisella Magnani

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In this brief paper the author shares a profound experience with a mother who has just experienced a stillbirth.

Sharing Space: The Prenatal Hero’s Journey: A path to healing, genius and transformation by Joseph Jacques
Publication Date: 09/2016
Author(s): Joseph J Jacques

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Making connections between Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey and our common prenatal experience, this article leads us through the process of coming into this world. The author then traces his own journey to discovering prenatal and perinatal psychology and the development of his own approach to this work.

The “Nightmare” of Childbirth: The Prevalence and Predominant Predictor Variables for Tokophobia in American Women of Childbearing Age by Kathy E. Greathouse
Publication Date: 09/2016
Author(s): Kathy E Greathouse

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Tokophobia (fear of childbirth) may interfere with a woman’s occupational or academic functioning, domestic and social activities, and even relationships. This study introduced the concept of tokophobia into the American landscape, established a baseline prevalence of tokophobia among 174 American women between the ages of 17 and 45 who had not experienced childbirth, and identified tokophobic predictor variables and demographic variables for tokophobia.

Watching Our Words by Susan Highsmith
Publication Date: 09/2016
Author(s): Susan Highsmith

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The majority of practitioners in the field of pre and perinatal psychology would likely agree that in order for society to change prevalent negative beliefs about pregnancy and childbirth there needs to a paradigm shift in the use of negative language as it refers to pregnancy and childbirth. This article proposes that watching our words can raise awareness of how the language we choose perpetuates society’s paradigms or empowers women to give birth more naturally and babies to be welcomed more gently.

Book Review: Protecting Children and Young People: Trauma Informed Care in the Perinatal Period by Julia Seng & Julia Taylor
Publication Date: 06/2016
Author(s): Stephanie Dueger

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Protecting Children and Young People: Trauma Informed Care in the Perinatal Period. Edited by Julia Seng and Julie Taylor, 2015, Edinburgh & London: Dunedin Academic Press. ISBN: 978-1-78046-053-6

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