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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 Lubetzky

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.

Announcing Dreams: Perceived Communication with Baby-to-Be by Kimberly R. Mascaro
Publication Date: 03/2016
Author(s): Author: Kimberly R Mascaro

Investigation and insights into “announcing dreams.” This exploration of dreams which are perceived as communication with a “baby-to-be,” reports not only on the dream experiences themselves, but on the impacts of these dreams on pregnant mothers, expectant fathers, and others fortunate enough to experience this unique communication.

Maternal Fright & South Slavic Oral Memory Traditions by Danica Anderson
Publication Date: 03/2016
Author(s): Author: Danica Anderson

Danica Anderson, PhD, presents her work with South Slavic women over a ten-year period during which she investigated the devastating impacts of war on women, which has contributed to what Dr. Anderson terms “maternal fright.” In her words, “The Slavic term ‘maternal fright’ is carved from chronic wars and violence towards women and is a form of transgenerational trauma.” One more piece of the puzzle of how life experiences shape individuals, and are passed from one generation to the next. 

Microbiome and Fetus: A Relationship for Life by Janet Teodori
Publication Date: 03/2016
Author(s): Author: Janet B. Teodori

This article focuses on the burgeoning understanding of the importance of the human microbiome to our overall health, especially exploration of the microbiome’s development and functioning during the prenatal period and birth.

Using Psychodrama in Childbirth Education and Birth Psychotherapy: Birth with No Regret by Neşe Karabekir
Publication Date: 03/2016
Author(s): Author: Neşe Karabekir

Neşe Karabekir details the work of her and her husband, Dr. Hakan Coker, in Turkey (Birth with No Regret) and introduces the professional role of a birth psychologist.

Body Language and Birth Memory by Jeane Rhodes
Publication Date: 12/2015
Author(s): Author: Jeane Rhodes

Two phases of research into birth memory are presented here: 1) interviews with 2½ - 3½-year-old children re-garding their prenatal life and experience of birth, and 2) the results of dissertation research using body language to identify echoes in the body of prenatal and birth experiences.

Interview with Wendy Anne McCarty by Kate White
Publication Date: 12/2015
Author(s): Author: Kate White

Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty is a global holistic educator, mentor, and practitioner serving professionals and families. She specializes in optimizing spiritual human potential and relationships from the beginning of life and repairing early-origin patterns at any age to transform lives now. Her work draws from pre and perinatal psychology, energy psychology healing modalities, consciousness studies, and authentic spirituality. She was the co-creator and Founding Chair of the Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology Program, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.