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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.

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.