This edition of JOPPPAH features three invited articles based on presentations at the Fall, 2010 APPPAH Congress. For those of you fortunate enough to be there you may be familiar with these voices and their messages. For those of you who were not able to attend, these articles bring a small taste of the richness and depth of the material presented at the Congress. Due to the invited nature of these three articles, they do focus on the authors' own applications of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health theory, which is a departure from our usual policy of presenting more objective data in our pages. However, from time-to-time, it is important to bring the practical applications of theory to these pages and these three articles are representative of the diversity and power of the work being done in the world.
The opening article, from Dr. Gerhard Schroth in Germany, begins with an introduction to his work, Prenatal Bonding (Bindungsanalyse by Raffai) and concludes with a powerful case study addressing the trans-generational impacts of prenatal violence. It is not to be missed.
Next we have an article from Janae and Barry Weinhold, presenting, in their words, "an expanded paradigm for understanding the pervasive impact of subtle parent-child interactions that cause experiences of shock, trauma, and stress during the first three years of life." You will find that their work has applications with individuals, couples, families, the wider community, and the world.
New to the APPPAH community, we welcome Althea Hayton from the UK, who addresses the important issue of stress for the mother who losses one of her twins (or other multiples) during gestation and the implications of the mother's stress for her remaining unborn child(ren).
And, in a more traditional vein for these pages, we welcome back a team of researchers from Brescia University in Italy. This time, Antonio Imbasciati and Francesca Dabrassi bring us an in-depth discussion of the role of pain in childbirth and how this is related to the quality of maternal care by the mother and the brain development of the infant.
Rounding out this issue, we have four book reviews. The wealth of prenatal and perinatal material now emerging in book form is a gift to our field. You will find yourself heading for the bookstore or going online to order these or add them to your wish list.
Looking ahead to the Fall 2011 APPPAH Congress, plan to be in San Francisco at the beautiful Kabuki Hotel the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, to hear Bruce Lipton, Annie Murphy Hall, and a host of other dynamic speakers. It promises to be an exciting and inspiring time, bringing new energy to APPPAH and to our Journal. Our expansion as a vital force in prenatal and perinatal psychology and health will be nurtured and renewed by this event. You must come.