Summer is arriving, and with it renewed energy and devotion to bringing you insights and inspiration from our contributing authors.
Thomas Verny, our esteemed founder, is providing us an advance peek into his work on a new book, tentatively titled, The Hidden Brain: Biology of the Unconscious. While still a work in progress, we are pleased to present an early draft of his first chapter as our lead article in this issue of JOPPPAH. I’m sure this will be enough to whet your appetite for more. Those of you fortunate enough to hear his presentation at last December’s congress will be familiar with some of this material. This first chapter is an exploration into the question, “Do Genes Matter?”
We follow this with another paper based on a congress presentation from Sarah Uzelac. Dr. Uzelac presents research investigating whether providing college-attending women access to information, education, and critical thinking skills in the area of perinatal care can significantly, positively alter the prevailing cultural belief that childbirth is a painful and frightening event requiring medical attention. You will find the research results fascinating – and clearly pointing to the need of more work in this area.
This issue features an article from one of our international colleagues. Dr. Ofra Lubetsky reports from Israel on the topic of habituation and sleep-wake cycles that begin in utero and are dependent on maternal-fetal interaction, enabling the baby to prepare for extra-uterine life
Our third article, again from last December’s congress, comes to us from Julia Ingram, whose poster presentation was extremely well received. Her article will take you more deeply into her work with hypnotherapy in treating trauma. As she states in the article, “When the origin is known–when a client can finally understand the ‘why’ of it—then healing can begin.”
Long time APPPAH supporter and presenter at many congresses, Jill Chasse, is welcomed to these pages with her article introducing a community-based program to more effectively reduce the risks and treat prenatal depression. While the study she presents was based in suburban Maryland, it is her hope and ours that you will see widespread potential for introducing similar programs elsewhere.
The Sharing Space this month features a contribution from Dr. Bernard Levinson of South Africa. I think you will enjoy his poetic language as he takes you through an idealized womb experience and explores the reflections of that experience that are evident in language.
And, finally, we bring you two wonderful book reviews. I’m sure you will be inspired to add the volumes to you library, as I have been.
Our book review editor, Stephanie Dueger, reviews Protecting Children and Young People: Trauma Informed Care in the Perinatal Period, edited by Julia Seng and Julie Taylor.
And, from Kate White, comes a stimulating review of Peter Levine’s new book, Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past.
At the end of this issue, you will find a new page providing space for publishing reader comments on past issues and/or editorial corrections. Please note the correction you will find there to Janet Teodori’s bio in our last issue. Our profound apologies to Dr. Teodori for this error.
Enjoy reading and please send your comments to us at [email protected]. Now that we have provided you a space for comments to be published, we sincerely hope you will be sending your comments our way.
Jeane Rhodes, PhD