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I have among the books on the shelves in my bedroom a slim cream and red orange volume labeled Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal, Volume 9, Number 1, Fall 1994. The cover is stained perhaps by water or coffee spilled on it, but the contents are classic. They include an article by David Chamberlain on The Sentient Prenate, Thomas Verny's comments on The Stork in the Lab, William Sallenbach's often quoted case, Claira: A Case Study in Prenatal Learning and an anthropology article, by my immediate predecessor as Editor of this Journal, Charles Laughlin, entitled Birth Control, Abortion and Infanticide in Cross-cultural Perspectives. The 1994 issue was the very first that I edited. This issue will be my last. In my first editorial I commented on how privileged I felt to have been appointed as the editor. The seven years I have spent in this position have been exactly that-a privilege that I will cherish. Dr. David Chamberlain, whose magnificent service to APPPAH is known to all who read this Journal will serve as Guest Editor for the next two issues, volume 16, Spring and Summer.

If the first issue I edited was a tribute to the pioneers in the area of prenatal and perinatal psychology this edition is celebration of some of the new voices in the field. Marcy Axness in her poetic article, Toward a Fluid Dance in Seamless Dress, urges researchers to integrate their scientific and spiritual orientations. Cell biologist Bruce Lipton presents a paradigm-breaking perspective in Nature, Nurture and Human Development, pointing to the incongruity of conventional biological thinking on nature and nurture with the startling discovery of the Human Genome Project that the human gene pool is only 1A the size previously believed. He explains how the nurturing experience of the environment, beginning in utero, inspires "learned perceptions" which shape the subconscious mind, and life. Dale Glabach, who is one of the first graduates in the discipline of Evolutionary Psychology, challenges us with the idea that Naturally Sexual Breast-Feeding is in his words "an evolutionary prescription for emotional health."

In the Sharing Space Marjorie L. Rand, Ph.D. illustrates the use of email as a medium of therapy in her case study, A Bedtime Story: Sleeping Through the Night. Finally I, myself, offer you some concluding thoughts in A Voice in the World.

I would like to thank all of you who have contributed to this publication during my editorship-the authors, the members of the Board of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, and the many readers of the Journal who have written, called, emailed and spoken to me at various conferences. It is you who made this position interesting, enlightening and rewarding. I would especially like to recognize Jenny Wade, who participated as Associate Editor, and David Chamberlain, who served on occasion as Guest Editor.

Thomas Verny who founded the organization and Barbara Findeisen who is the current President and my "Godmother" in this way of thinking are both remarkable in their dedication and their understanding of the ongoing issues which must still be addressed. I received an advance copy of Thomas Verny's newest book Tomorrow's Baby: the Art and Science of Parenting from Conception Through Infancy. Just the imaginative title of the first chapter, "Crossing the Amniotic Sea," offers you a sense of the exciting nature of the rest of the voyage.

Of all the people who have assisted me in my work on the Journal, Maureen O. Wolfe, the Executive Director of APPPAH, who has also served as Copy Editor, is absolutely deserving of my praise. In her willingness to refine and rework the myriads of details that are necessary to publication, Maureen's gifted contribution has been indispensable. I look forward to continuing to serve the community of prenatal and perinatal psychology in the same way that the knowledge I have gained will always serve me.

Ruth Johnson Carter, Ph.D.


Georgia College and State University

Milledgeville, Georgia