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Spring! The season of renewal and blossoming, brings us new energy and light. This issue of JOPPPAH features a new cover design and is bursting at the seams with the diversity that enlivens the field of pre- and perinatal psychology. Before introducing you to the topics and authors featured within, let me introduce the JOPPPAH team and thank Kate White for her three years of service to this publication. Kate has moved on to devote her full energy to APPPAH’s Education Department and the offerings there, which have flourished under her capable and inspired leadership.

    Thomas Verny, our venerable founder and leader, while stepping aside from his role as Editor-in-Chief, continues to contribute as a valuable Associate Editor. After a one-year break from the journal and two years as Managing Editor, I (Jeane) am returning as Editor-in-Chief. Kerry Francis is continuing in her vital role as an Associate Editor. Elizabeth Soliday joined the team last fall as Assistant Editor and is fast proving her essential value to the team. We welcome Toni Burns as our new Managing Editor. She has been in the background formatting the journal for the past two years. Our new book-review editor, Stephanie Dueger, brings her unique vision to this important post and has personally completed two great reviews for this issue. And, in an important role that has been somewhat in the background previously, we welcome Jen McCurdy as peer review coordinator. Which brings to mind, we are always looking for individuals with expertise in prenatal and perinatal psychology, especially those with research backgrounds, to serve as peer reviewers. Contact us at if you are interested.

    Now to the amazing contents of this issue. Two of our articles, the opening one from Janet Teodori and the closing one from Neşe Karabekir, are based on 2015 Congress presentations. Dr. Teodori’s contribution focuses on the burgeoning understanding of the importance of the human microbiome to our overall health, especially exploration of the microbiome’s development and functioning during the prenatal period and birth. Neşe Karabekir, whose presentation with her husband, Dr. Hakan Coker, inspired so many at both the 2013 and 2015 Congresses, details their work in Turkey (Birth with No Regret) and introduces the professional role of a birth psychologist.

    Danica Anderson, PhD, presents her work with South Slavic women over a ten-year period during which she investigated the devastating impacts of war on women, which has contributed to what Dr. Anderson terms “maternal fright.” In her words, “The Slavic term ‘maternal fright’ is carved from chronic wars and violence towards women and is a form of transgenerational trauma.” This is one more piece of the puzzle of how life experiences shape not only individuals, but are passed from one generation to the next.

    Kimberly Mascaro, PhD, returns to our pages with her investigation and insights into “announcing dreams.” This exploration of dreams which are perceived as communication with a “baby-to-be,” reports not only on the dream experiences themselves, but on the impacts of these dreams on pregnant mothers, expectant fathers, and others fortunate enough to experience this unique communication.

    We close this issue with Dr. Dueger’s excellent reviews of Charlotte Peterson’s The Mindful Parent and Valerie Lynn’s The Mommy Plan.

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