In this winter issue of the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, we offer three manuscripts on topics of interest to prenatal and perinatal psychology readers. One of these, an international submission, as would be expected, gives breadth to our unique perspective. This is the lead article by Dr. Gregg Lahood from Australasia, a region of Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean). We also offer two contributions from writers who are new to our publishing program, Dr. Paulette Lucier and Ms. Lorna Millikin. These two studentscholars bring, what I have described in past editorials as, new voices to the choir. These fresh ways of looking at early human life always inspire me, and point to how broad the scope of our discipline is. I personally think of our perspective as touching the transpersonal side of ourselves on the one hand, while being grounded in the physical and psychological world during pregnancy, birth, infancy and early development on the other. Some of these themes can be found in the published articles in this issue of the journal.
As stated, the lead submission is by Dr. Gregg Lahood and is entitled, From 'Bad' Ritual to 'Good' Ritual: Transmutations of Childbearing Trauma in Holotropic Ritual. It is both a review of the traumatizing effects of Western medicalized birthing procedures on "birth-giving" mothers, and a need for therapeutic treatment following this event. It explores psychiatrist Stanislav Grof's and Christina Grof s holotropic breathwork in which 'good' transpersonal medicine can be utilized in healing.
Dr. Paulette Lucier's article, The Skin as a Psychic Organ: The Use of Infant Massage as a Psychotherapeutic Tool in Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, explores the use of touch, particularly infant-massage in infant-parent psychotherapy and the ways in which clinicians can utilize this intervention to strengthen infant-parent attachment. This topic is particularly important today when there is a heightened interest in treating the infant-parent dyad. Because prenatal and perinatal psychology covers this period (through the first year)-as influenced by events around the prenatal and perinatal periods-it is important to publish articles of this kind. Lucier presents just such a manuscript with the integration of psychoanalytic principles in a skillful and scholarly way.
Cesarean Birth Stories is the third article of the winter journal that was part of Lorna D. Milliken's master's thesis research project. A phenomenological study, this research was performed to better understand the impact and implications of a cesarean birth on later adult behavior patterns. Ms. Milliken reports on three themes that emerged from the eight participants' interviewed: (a) interruption, (b) motivation to achieve, and (c) offering help even when it is not requested. Readers of the journal will enjoy this readable, yet important contribution toward understanding the effects of early experience on adult behaviors.
Putting aside the editorial summaries for a moment, I wish to let the journal readers know that there are fewer articles in this issue due to changes in the size requirements of the journal that the editorial staff needed to make. There are a number of excellent articles currently under review, so this smaller issue is not due to a lack of interest or submissions in our publishing program. And while our issues may be a bit smaller, what we offer between the pages are priceless glimpses into the foundations of humanity.