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The Perinatal Genogram: A Systemic Assessment Tool by Jamie E. Banker and Diana L. Barnes
Publication Date: 12/2014
Author(s): Jamie E. Banker, Diana L. Barnes

 

Coming into Form: The Unique Experiences of Practicing Prenatal and Perinatal Therapists
Publication Date: 10/2014
Author(s): Patricia Lucas

Abstract: This article presents the results and discussion portions of the author’s dissertation research (submitted in 2009 to the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute) that are relevant to the conversations centered in attribute development of PPN professionals. The author’s dissertation, Prenatal and Perinatal Therapists’ Experiences of the Psycho-therapeutic Alliance: A Mixed Method Exploration, investigated prenatal and perinatal therapists’ experiences of practicing therapy, exploring the unique and common areas of what it is to specialize in this therapeutic modality.

Thomas Verny, Founder of APPPAH Interview
Publication Date: 10/2014
Author(s): Kerry Francis

Thomas Verny wrote the book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, which was published in 1981 and quickly became an international best-seller.  Riding the wave of the wide-spread excitement about the field of pre- and perinatal psychology that his book generated, Dr. Verny founded APPPAH (then called PPPANA) and organized the first congress in Toronto in 1983. Dr. Verny was then elected the first President of APPPAH, a position he held for eight years. The Journal of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health also owes its beginning to Dr.

What Cells Remember: Toward A Unified Field Theory Of Memory
Publication Date: 10/2014
Author(s): Thomas R Verny

Abstract: The accepted neurological dictum is that memory resides in the cortical neurons of the brain. Evidence from studies on genetics, epigenetics, organ transplants, immunology, unicellular organisms, planarian flat worms, nano computers and clinical psychology is cited here in support of the hypothesis that memory can also be stored in all the cells of the body, not just nerve cells. The relevance of this theory to pre- and perinatal psychology is explored.

When Humanity is Born by Cesarean at the Dawn of a Paradigm Shift.
Publication Date: 10/2014
Author(s): Michel Odent

Abstract:  In this paper, the question of the long-term impact of cesarean birth on cultures worldwide is investigated. Extensive research is cited to support the concepts put forth.

Communicating with the Mind of a Prenate: Guidelines for Parents and Birth Professionals
Publication Date: 06/2014
Author(s): David B Chamberlain

After a struggle of many decades, the true dimensions of fetal consciousness are emerging, thanks to a growing literature of firsthand reports from parents and abundant observations of life in the womb. In retrospect, scientific views of the sensory, emotional, and mental nature of prenates and newborns, grounded exclusively in a brain-matter paradigm, were grossly inadequate. A new paradigm is replacing this previous scientific view based on baby awareness and knowing.

The Prenatal Psyche: Evidence for a New Perspective
Publication Date: 06/2014
Author(s): David B Chamberlain

Through most of the 20th Century, neither medicine nor psychology provided an accurate understanding of the nature of babies in the womb or babies at birth.  Perhaps the most fundamental misconception was that brains were the only measure of mind, self and soul.  The prevailing view for a hundred years held that brains of prenates and neonates were insufficient to support cognitive, emotional, or perceptual activity.

The Sentient Prenate: What Every Parent Should Know
Publication Date: 06/2014
Author(s): David B Chamberlain

In the 1980’s parents in large numbers were first introduced to the sensitive, perceptive, conscious, and cognitive prenate. This paper summarizes the evidence from major research findings, demonstrating that prenates are 1) sensitive and aware, 2) learn and dream, and 3) are social and communicative. Well-designed experimental programs in prenatal enrichment confirm the intelligence and receptivity of womb babies. A closing section describes the special resources now available to parents who want to deliberately enhance prenatal bonding and communication.

Ethical Considerations in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Education
Publication Date: 05/2014
Author(s): Kate White

Prenatal and perinatal psychology as a field of practice an emerging discipline in the healing arts. The development of a code of  ethics  is  a  marker  of  this  maturity.  This paper was developed for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health as part of  its certification program for educators.

Fathers Reflect on Their Experiences of the Receipt of a Postnatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21
Publication Date: 05/2014
Author(s): Desiree Lowitt, Mary Beth Averill

This exploratory study investigated the experiences of fathers upon the postnatal news that their newborn babies had been given diagnoses of Down syndrome. Thirteen fathers were interviewed about their experiences of immediate postnatal support. Participants had biological children born with Down syndrome and interacted with the western medical community regarding the child’s birth. Fathers often experienced the messengers of the news of a postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome as insensitive and pessimistic.

Trends and Influences in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology A Summary
Publication Date: 05/2014
Author(s): Kate White, Jeane Rhodes

The field of pre- and perinatal psychology (PPN) is informed by the work of many individuals, therapeutic and academic communities, and scientific achievements. Trends and influences on the field itself can be divided into several main categories: origins, historical threads, formal channels, legitimizing scientific studies and approaches, and finally, integration of therapeutic approaches. It is difficult to put all of these influences in one chronological chart; it is more like they weave together to form a tapestry.

What is a Good Birth? Using Q Method to Explore the Diversity of Attitudes about Good Birth
Publication Date: 05/2014
Author(s): Emma Eaton

Abstract: Birth literature reveals many perspectives about “good birth,”  and  an investigation into a good birth is necessary because women and children are entitled to the experience that most supports their health as well as their psychological wellbeing and fulfillment. There exists a culture within maternity services of professionals working with apparently conflicting agendas, which may contribute to service user input being excluded. The objective of this study was to understand the viewpoints about “good birth” using a Q methodology approach.

Implantation Journey: The Original Human Myth (Part 3)
Publication Date: 03/2014
Author(s): Karlton Terry

Abstract: The implantation journey of the blastocyst/embryo is traced throughout its many biologic/embryologic transitions and transmutations. Possible psychological impacts that may arise from early stresses, imprints, and other experiences are discussed. The journeying blastocyst/embryo is sometimes portrayed as a protagonist in the transcript of each human being’s personal past. Events confronted and subsequent coping or survival styles during the journey are examined in reference to adult behavior patterns and belief systems.

Prenatal and Perinatal Medicine and Psychology Towards Integrated Neurosciences: General Remarks and Future Perspectives
Publication Date: 03/2014
Author(s): Peter G Fedor-Freybergh, Radovan Hrubý

Prenatal and perinatal psychology and medicine is an interdisciplinary scientific field of research and practice with the scientific focus on prenatal and perinatal conditions of human life. Prenatal period of human life represents a crucial phase in human life during which crucial developmental processes and regulations take place and these serve as adaptation strategies and physiological capabilities for the next postnatal life´s periods.

How Birthing Professionals Can Include Early Consciousness in Pregnancy and Birthing
Publication Date: 07/2013
Author(s): Karen Melton

The subject of prenatal consciousness should be considered outside of the very limiting arena of the American abortion debate. The recognition of prenatal consciousness as well as the reclamation of one’s own early consciousness is important for us all, and in particular for birthing professionals.

Implantation Journey: The Original Human Myth (Part I)
Publication Date: 07/2013
Author(s): Karlton Terry

The implantation journey of the blastocyst/embryo is traced throughout its many biologic/embryologic transitions and transmutations. Possible psychological impacts that may arise from early stresses, imprints, and other experiences are discussed. The journeying blastocyst/embryo is sometimes portrayed as a protagonist in the transcript of each human being’s personal past. Events confronted and subsequent coping or survival styles during the journey are examined in reference to adult behavior patterns and belief systems.

Interview with Ray Castellino, DC, RPP, RCST© “The Principles”
Publication Date: 07/2013
Author(s): Kate White

In this interview with Castellino, we explore the seven Principles by tracing their development and application to therapeutic work with babies, families, and groups. Castellino’s process is born out of need and creative genius. Having sat in Womb Surround Workshops, at board meetings and in my own private practice and named these Principles, there is no doubt that they are powerful and support change. The Principles are:

Motherhood as Opportunity to Learn Spiritual Values: Experiences and Insights of New Mothers
Publication Date: 07/2013
Author(s): Aurelie M. Athan, Lisa Miller

Abstract: This study examined the subjective daily experiences of motherhood as potential opportunities for spiritual awareness and personal transformation. It explored how an enduring commitment to fostering a child through adoption, marriage or conception may lead mothers to embrace a broadened perspective in life that mirrors the core spiritual values of world religions and perennial wisdom traditions.

Marketing Mothering as ‘Crisis’: Professions Saving us from the ‘Danger’ of Becoming Mothers
Publication Date: 04/2013
Author(s): Hilary Monk

One of the most efficient routes to profit is using discourse to frighten an entire population, and then selling them the antidote to their fear. Crisis profitability is maximized if crises can be manufactured out of commonplace life events. The medical profession has already discursively recreated childbearing as an epidemic crisis, to be technologically managed to make it ‘safe’.

Provider Trust: A Useful Concept in Maternal Care
Publication Date: 04/2013
Author(s): Elizabeth Soliday, Kimberly A. Tremblay

The maternal patient-provider relationship is important in birth experiences. However, no measures of obstetric patient-provider relationship quality exist, perhaps partially explaining why the concept has not been systematically studied in pre- and perinatal psychology and related fields. As a first step in this line of inquiry, we examined a care provider trust measure completed by 70 obstetric clinic patients along with state anxiety, fear of childbirth, and postpartum satisfaction measures. The trust measure performed similarly with our sample as in the original validation.

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