The long summer produced a bountiful harvest of papers for JOPPPAH. This fall issue features the fruits of the changes we want to see in our Journal: young and adventurous researchers trying out their ideas and spreading their wings; clinical perspectives to inspire new and experienced practitioners; interviews with pioneers in the pre- and perinatal field, and inspiring work from talented writers that offer different perspectives.
Our first and highly valued section on peer reviewed research features a literature review on the effects of prenatal yoga on birth outcomes by Kelly Riley RN, BSN and Emily Drake, PhD, RN, CNL of the University of Virginia. Riley and Drake review 13 studies from all over the world, highlighting their outcomes of improved pregnancy psychosocial outcomes such as less depression and anxiety, and a reported increase in quality of life. There were significantly improved birth outcomes such as shorter labors, few-er underweight babies, and a decrease in pregnancy complications and more.
The Journal also welcomes the clinical perspectives of Marti Glenn, PhD and Robin Coppan, PT and their fresh perspective on the essential fundamentals needed for effective practice in prenatal and perinatal psychology. Our field is growing quickly, as is our integration into other fields. This paper, while familiar for many practitioners who have been practicing for years, is also useful for students, therapists, researchers and visitors from other fields of practice. Findings from epigenetics, neuroscience and trauma resolution fields are integrating pre- and perinatal practices into their approaches. Glenn and Cappon do an excellent job of naming what the PPN practitioner needs to know, what skills they need to apply and the pace and rhythm with which the skills need to be applied for optimal care.
Associate Editor Kerry Cerelli interviews Mary Jackson, CPM about her way of integrating pre- and perinatal psychology into her homebirth midwifery practice. The Interview section is new for the Journal and is exemplary of our effort to make pre- and perinatal psychology more accessible to our diverse community. Jackson studied PPN with Ray Castellino, DC, RPP, RCST©. Her stories of becoming a midwife and integrating a PPN approach into her practice are riveting. She is a pioneer in a challenging field of practice. Midwives have long been both beloved and vilified in our culture. Please read how the integration of PPN skills decreased transfers to hospitals and produced a record run of births attended by Jackson that were remarkably smooth with very little trauma. We are hoping interviews will encourage experienced and young professionals to consider studying pre- and perinatal psychology principles.
Finally, we offer Part 2 of 3 of Karlton Terry’s thought-provoking paper on the implantation journey. His eloquent writing describes the journey of the blastocyst into the uterus and its emergence from its protective covering before connecting with the uterine wall and the mother. He very creatively helps the reader feel how different each journey can be. We remind you that this is one practitioner’s perspective, and encourage readers to consider a list of possibilities with regard to this incredible journey to embodiment.
As always, we welcome your feedback. This is your journal. Please send us letters and emails, and we will see you at the APPPAH International Congress.
Kate White, MA & Kerry Cerelli, MA