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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.

Prenatal and Perinatal Communication: An Urgent Call for Action by Luisella Magnani
Publication Date: 06/2017
Author(s): Author: Luisella Magnani

This short article discusses the value and virtue of prenatal and perinatal communication, including awareness of the environment inside and outside the baby. Babies in the womb, newborns, and infants need to feel, perceive, and absorb words. Most important is the way in which we speak and the awareness of the impact of our words and actions on the unborn and newborn baby. This is the best practice used at the Paediatric Hospital, University of Studies of Insubria of Varese, Italy.

Book Review: Playful Wisdom: A Father’s Adventure, by Michael Mendizza
Publication Date: 03/2017
Author(s): Author: William R Emerson

Playful Wisdom: A Father’s Adventure. What I Learned from Carly Our First Two YearsMichael Mendizza, 2017. Nevada City (CA): Michael Mendizza & Associates. ISBN: 9781879118034

Fetus - An Independent Entity/Personality: The Manashakti Research Centre Approach by Dharmadhikari, Kelkar, Dharmadhikari
Publication Date: 03/2017
Author(s): Author: Amita A. Dharmadhikari, Author: Gajanan S Kelkar, Author: Avinash Dharmadhikari

Dr. Jerome Lejeune, a French pediatrician and geneticist, pointed out that each human being is unique–different from its mother–from the moment of conception. In this paper, we discuss our clinical approach and evidence supporting that concept. We discuss how our findings support the view that mothers and their offspring are separate entities from conception onward.

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

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): Author: Sandra Bardsley

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): Author: Robbie Davis-Floyd

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): Author: Salome Yekta Dubenetzky

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): Author: Amy Lauren Shapira

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): Author: Matthew Appleton

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): Author: Klaus Evertz

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): Author: Stephanie Dueger

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): Author: Rupert Linder

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): Author: Rupert Linder

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): Author: Ludwig Janus, Author: Ludwig Janus

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): Author: Marcy Axness

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): Author: Stephanie Dueger

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