Although you will have the opportunity to learn more about him in upcoming issues of this Journal, of the highest priority for me is an immediate tribute to the outgoing President of APPPAH, David B. Chamberlain, Ph.D. The author of ground breaking books and innumerable articles in the area of pre-and perinatal psychology, David has served this organization with a level of dedication and love that surpasses remarkable. As a result of his leadership, APPPAH has a superb WEB page that disseminates the exceptional message of the organization and its contributors to thousands of people daily. As Editor of the Newsletter, David has kept the membership up to date with significant events and information, while the Journal has continued to go through rebirthing pangs, as APPPAH has assumed the role of becoming its publisher. Every meeting of the Board of Directors, whether conducted in person or by telephone conference, has moved smoothly through various agendas and has been guided to a fruitful conclusion though the graceful legerdemain of David Chamberlain. Eloquent as a speaker and unsurpassed as a friend, David's work is an international endowment for the cause of pre- and perinatal psychology. Gratefully, the end of his steadfast tenure as President of APPPAH only signals a new direction for his vital contributions. Thank you David.
His gifted successor, as President of APPPAH, another dear and constant friend and pioneer in the field, is Barbara R. Findeisen, Founder and President of the Star Foundation. Her vision will guide APPPAH and its adherents to the Conference in San Francisco in December of 1999 and into the millennium.
It is always a pleasure to introduce new contributors to the readership of this Journal. Timothy Wagner, Patrician Higgins and Cheryl Wallerstedt offer an important insight into the grief suffered by fathers as the result of fetal and neonatal death. This article is an excellent introduction to an area which deserves more attention. Professor Marshall Childs, who teaches at Fuji Phoenix College in Japan, expands upon the work that has been done on linguistic development in utero in his article Prenatal Language Learning. Professor Childs' interesting article introduced me to a new word-morae, defined as "units shorter than the syllable but longer than the phoneme," usual in tonal languages such as Chinese and Japanese. Even though the word is actually the plural form, it allows me, at least in these pages my first indulgence with a pun-Thai's Amore. I leave you, if need be, to look up phonotactic and stochastic.
The innovative Associate Editor of the Journal, Jenny Wade, Ph.D., explores a topic on the cutting edge of research, which complements the research of Professor Childs, as she examines Evidence for Physically Transcendent and a Cellular Source of Fetal Consciousness. This article continues the research Jenny investigated in her book, Changes of Mind: A Holonomic Theory of the Evolution of Consciousness.
The contributions in the Sharing Space in this issue are good examples of the dedicated work being done in this country and abroad by psychologists and psychiatrists in improving the entry of infants into the world and rebirthing those, who as adults, still suffer from unresolved birth trauma. Raymond Taylor, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Von Glahn, Ph.D. are joined by Christophe Massin, M.D., (another international contributor, in this instance from France), in presenting examples of successful techniques utilized in case studies. This issue includes reviews of several provocative books including a retrospective view of Born Unwanted: Developmental Effects of Denied Abortion by the truly indispensable David Chamberlain.
Ruth Johnson Carter, Ph.D.
Georgia College and State University