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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

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

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): Author: Ludwig Janus, Author: Ludwig Janus

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): Author: Luisella Magnani

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): Author: Joseph J Jacques

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): Author: Kathy E Greathouse

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): Author: Susan Highsmith

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): Author: Stephanie Dueger

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

Book Review: Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past by Peter Levine
Publication Date: 06/2016
Author(s): Author: Kate White

Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past by Peter Levine, PhD, 2015, Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, ISBN: 978-1-58394-994-8

Changing Beliefs and Attitudes About Birth in Preconceptive Young Women by Sarah Uzelac
Publication Date: 06/2016
Author(s): Author: Sarah Uzelac

 Due to pervasive cultural influences childbirth is typically viewed by young women as a painful and frightening event requiring medical attention. The current research investigates whether providing college-attending women access to information, education, and critical thinking skills in the area of perinatal care can significantly, positively alter this belief system.

Do Genes Matter? by Thomas Verny
Publication Date: 06/2016
Author(s): Author: Thomas R Verny

In the past two decades our knowledge of genetics has increased substantially with the advent of whole genome sequencing, a better grasp of the genetic factors that may predispose people to certain medical and psychological conditions and, most importantly in the author’s estimation, the emergence of epigenetics. This article addresses the question of what our improved understanding of genetics contributes to our understanding of ourselves.

Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Children and Adults Who Suffer Anxiety Due to Prenatal and Birth Trauma by Julia Ingram
Publication Date: 06/2016
Author(s): Author: Julia Ingram

Birth trauma in its many forms creates primal suffering for the infant which, if untreated, often leads to severe and unremitting anxiety into adulthood. Hypnosis has proven to be highly effective in assisting a sufferer to recover because it reveals the origin of the fear. When the origin is known–when a client can finally understand the “why” of it—then healing can begin.

Maturation of Habituation, Sleep-Wake Cycles Before and After Birth by Ofra Lubetsky
Publication Date: 06/2016
Author(s): Author: Ofra Lubetsky

Fully human, personal, psychological, and relational life begins before birth, and constitutes the foundation for our basic feelings of security and trust. Two vital maturational/developmental processes begin before birth and continue thereafter: habituation and sleep-wake circadian cyclicity. These two processes, which are dependent on maternal-fetus/infant interaction, enable the fetus to adapt itself to extra-uterine life. Most habituation and circadian sleep-wake-rhythm studies have focused on physiological and biological characteristics.

Prenatal Depression Risk Reduction & Education Program by Jill Chasse
Publication Date: 06/2016
Author(s): Author: Jill Diana Chasse

Prenatal depression is a serious issue often overlooked by both women and their healthcare providers. Depression during pregnancy not only causes sadness for the mother, it can also have significant developmental effects on the fetus, including altering of the baby’s brain structure leading to increased vulnerability for mood disorders in the child’s future. Additionally, depression during pregnancy may cause early delivery, increasing infant morbidity and mortality.

Sharing Space: Life Before Birth: Lessons from the Womb by Bernard Levinson
Publication Date: 06/2016
Author(s): Author: Bernard Levinson

This poetic reflection comes to us from Bernard Levinson in South Africa. In this article you will be transported to an idealized womb experience, as well as being invited to reflect on ways in which this experience is unconsciously expressed in language.

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