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Fear versus Trust: The Impact of Fear on Birth Experience and Maternal Outcomes
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Victoria Flores

This study explored women’s trust-based and fear-based beliefs about birth. It asked: Do women trust their bodies’ innate intelligence to give birth, or does fear override trust? The study sought to understand whether beliefs, fears, and trust associate with birth experiences and birth outcomes. Data were collected by way of a qualitative, cross-sectional survey distributed to Georgian Court University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as to women undergoing HypnoBirthing, home birthing, and water birthing.

History of Pre and Perinatal (PPN) Parenting Education: A literature review
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Christine McKee, Author: Peta Stapleton, Author: Aileen Pidgeon

This literature review focuses on the history of pre- and perinatal (PPN) parenting education. The topic constituted one area examined to inform four studies included in a PhD program of research that investigated factors to consider when designing, developing, and delivering PPN parenting programs for the 21st century.

Hospital-based Birth Support for Women with Trauma: A Pilot Study of a Clinical Doula Program in the Netherlands
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Catharina Ooijens, Author: Jannet Bakker, Author: Irene de Graaf

Pregnancy and childbirth rank among life’s most important events for both women and men. It can also be a stressful experience for women for whom birth in a teaching hospital is indicated, given existing risk factors. A history of trauma may be one of these risk factors. Women generally receive excellent information about medical conditions and their consequences in an academic hospital, but are often not kept abreast of standard hospital protocols. They must also negotiate the hospital’s organizational structure and the frequent shift rotation of providers.

How Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Can Transform the World
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: David B Chamberlain

In the 20th century, it is likely that more people had the experience of birth than in all previous centuries combined: Most of the people who have ever lived are alive today. The current rate [in 1994] is almost 10,000 births per hour. In any given nine-month period, there are about 180 million expectant parents going through a unique life-changing experience. Research and therapy focused on the prenatal and perinatal period confirms that pregnancy and birth are formative experiences for both babies and parents.

New Fashioned Families: An Investigation of Bonding with Families Created Using Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogac
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Ellynne Skove

This paper looks at the bonding process that is unique to the population of families created via assisted reproductive technology. A pilot study of parents, surrogates, and intended parents from four families was conducted via interviews using a phenomenological interview process, and in some cases, the subjects were also administered the Maternal-Infant Bonding Survey (MIBS) that identifies bonding disruptions. MIBS specialist, Dr. Antonio Madrid, determined results from the MIBS.

The Intellectual Marginalization of Childbirth and its Real-World Implications
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Anna Hennessey

This paper focuses on the topic of childbirth, exploring the history of its marginalization within the humanities. This history becomes particularly salient when we compare academic research on birth to that on death. This paper demonstrates that ignoring birth on an intellectual level contributes to diminishing the topic more broadly on the cultural level, and this has real-world implications for how our societies treat children, women, and families.


Build Babies – Not Jails by Thomas Verny
Publication Date: 12/2017
Author(s): Author: Thomas R Verny

This paper, from JOPPPAH’s Archives is excerpted from the opening address at APPPAH’s 7th International Congress in September of 1995. These words from Dr. Verny are even more valuable today.

Early Embryonic Morphology and Its Changing Forms by Tina Linhard
Publication Date: 12/2017
Author(s): Author: Tina Linhard

The view upheld in this article is that the embryo is a unique living being that starts life in this dimension as a zygote and goes through a process of morphological differentiation that involves various forms. This process of somatogenesis (formation of a body) appears to follow the principle kingdoms of nature showing reminiscence of the mineral, plant, animal, and human phases, a process it shares with all human embryos. The characteristic “way of being“ of the organism during each phase is also presented.

Postpartum Depression: Novel Use of Video-Based Interventions by Lekie Dwanyen & Jason Hans
Publication Date: 12/2017
Author(s): Author: Lekie Dwanyen, Author: Jason Hans

Support during Pregnancy as an Influencing Factor on the Transition to Parenthood by Christine McKee, Peta Stapleton, Aileen Pidgeon
Publication Date: 12/2017
Author(s): Author: Christine McKee, Author: Peta Stapleton, Author: Aileen Pidgeon

The Unexpected Pregnancy Outcome: A Child with a Facial Cleft by Graeme H. Wallace and Heather Mattner
Publication Date: 12/2017
Author(s): Author: Graeme H. Wallace, Author: Heather Mattner

This Australian study was conducted to understand some of the issues involved where a child is unexpectedly born with a cleft lip and/or palate (CLP).  Parents involved in this study had followed their child’s development from birth to adulthood having completed all surgery, and each now involved in the community as adults. Because these children were now more than 26 years old, many resources available to parents now were not accessible when these children were young, for example, early ultrasound screening.

An Intuitive Approach to Understanding Infant Death by William H. Kautz
Publication Date: 09/2017
Author(s): Author: William Kautz

The sudden, unexpected, and unexplained death of a healthy infant in its first year of life (nominally 2 to12 months) is surely one of the most tragic human experiences a parent can undergo. The shock of loss is commonly accompanied by extreme sorrow, grief, feelings of guilt, and the emergence of unanswerable questions on how such an event could possibly have occurred.

Comparison of Impressive Caesura in Two Models of Delivery: Cesarean Versus Vaginal by Ofra Lubetzky
Publication Date: 09/2017
Author(s): Author: Ofra Lubetzky

Because cesarean section delivery has significantly increased in recent decades, it raises questions about the differences between the mode of delivery — vaginal delivery versus unplanned and planned cesarean section delivery — and its influence on parental behavior and infant well-being. Many prenatal researchers and infant therapists consider cesarean section to be traumatic, physically and psychologically, for both the mother and the newborn, with implications for the individual’s life as an infant, as a child, and as an adult.

Review of Ancient Indian Literature in Relation to Preconception by Deepti Goyal
Publication Date: 09/2017

Ancient Indian literature has described the process of formation of a human individual in great detail. This is not only a biological process but also a bio-psycho-spiritual process. It has been equated with the process of formation of the universe which evolves from interplay of Purusha (supreme soul or God or the consciousness) and Prakriti (un-manifest primal nature). Purusha at his free will gets mixed up with un-manifest primal nature, giving rise to the knowable empirical universe.

The Impact of Prenatal Psychology on Society and Culture by Ludwig Janus
Publication Date: 09/2017
Author(s): Author: Ludwig Janus

As a result of the research conducted by prenatal psychology into psychological and emotional experiences before and during birth, a whole new dimension has been added to our life-history. We are now able to recognize that human cultural artifacts and activities have to some extent always expressed prenatal and perinatal feelings and by doing so have familiarized us with an alien world by allowing us to “ rediscover”  the microcosm of our prenatal life in the macrocosm of the world.

Turning Point in our Understanding of the Human Condition by Michel Odent
Publication Date: 09/2017
Author(s): Author: Michel Odent

This is a chapter of Michel Odent’s latest book, The Birth of Homo, the Marine Chimpanzee (La Naissance d’Homo, le Chimpanzé Marin)which is to published at the same time in English and in French by Pinter and Martin, London, October, 2017. It is published here with permission from the author and publisher.

Fear of Life and Fear of Death – A Cross Cultural Study: Part I: General Considerations by Nathalia M. S. Moonen–Budhi Nugroho
Publication Date: 06/2017
Author(s): Author: Nathalia M. S. Moonen–Budhi Nugroho

Fear of death and fear of life are two psychological forces that are important in driving human behavior. The understanding of these forces may help therapists to better identify the underlying dynamics of their client’s behavior and responses. This article proposes a conceptual framework that puts both fears into a broader, psychological, anthropological, and philosophical context. The article explains why fear of life and fear of death may be universal and presents arguments supporting the notion that they have prenatal origins.

Reflections of a Psychotherapist on Human Conception by Claudette Nantel
Publication Date: 06/2017
Author(s): Author: Claudette Nantel

 Based on the author’s practice of regression therapy for over a decade, this article explores her observations concerning human conception. Included are sections on the validity of memories of conception, related clinical observations from the literature, and a discussion of concepts around the possible effects of conception dynamics on the formation of personality. The conclusion includes advice for professionals working with parents wanting to conceive a child.

Stories from a Journey through a Different Doorway by Jane English
Publication Date: 06/2017
Author(s): Author: Jane English

This article covers over forty years of exploring the implications of having been born non-labor cesarean in 1942. Topics covered include: the role of dreams in connecting with birth memory, a cesarean native culture, thoughts on parenting a non-labor cesarean born child, technologically-assisted birth and what it meant to “be born,” and suggestions for good non-labor cesarean birth practices.

Fear of Life and Fear of Death – A Cross Cultural Study Part II: Multiple Single Case Analysis in Malaysia and The Netherlands by Nathalia M.S. Moonen–Budhi Nugroho
Publication Date: 06/2017
Author(s): Author: Nathalia M. S. Moonen–Budhi Nugroho

There are strong indications that fear of life and fear of death are universal and already start to develop at an unconscious level before birth. Client-based research, using retrogressive analysis, was conducted to find empirical support for these notions and to assess whether these fears can be identified in the unconscious mind. From eleven subjects of varying age, cultural, and social background, in ten cases either fear of life or fear of death or both could be identified and related to the prenatal psychological development of the subjects.