Welcome to the fullness of summer. We hope this new season brings many blessings your way. Mother Nature did some pruning with a severe hail storm in May here in Colorado, but we are recovering and looking forward to a bountiful year.
This summer issue has brought some changes to our journal staff. We will be welcoming Stephanie Dueger as a new assistant editor as our current editor, Elizabeth Soliday, will be taking a one-year sabbatical. This will leave the position of book review editor open. Also, our managing editor, Toni Burns, will now turn her full time and attention to her fascinating business, LovinAmerica. We welcome Stephanie DeRosier to do the formatting of this summer issue in Toni’s stead. We welcome Stephanie and are very grateful to Toni for her past dedication to our journal. In spite of these shifts, the journal team worked diligently to pull together some wonderful material for you in this issue.
We are proud to bring you a two-part article from Nathalia M. S. Moonen-Budhi Nugroho, laying the foundation in part one and reporting on her research in part two. This important research explored fear of life and fear of death, including data demonstrating a link to prenatal and perinatal experience as one factor in these common fears among human beings. Her research is clinical in nature and was completed with subjects in The Netherlands and Malasia. This study is preliminary in nature and provides a conceptual framework inviting more research into this interesting topic.
In talking with Kelduyn Garland (one of our editorial consultants) recently, I commented on the fact that two of our articles seem to be bringing back themes from the early years of prenatal and perinatal psychology. Kelduyn noted, “A part of knowing where we are going is knowing where we have come from.” This comment seemed to fit perfectly in describing these next two articles, so I asked Kelduyn’s permission to share it with you.
From Claudette Nantel we have the first taste of revisiting earlier themes. In her article, Reflections of a Psychotherapist on Human Conception, we are invited to reflect with her on her years of doing regression therapy. This approach was much more common in the 1980s and 1990s, and we may be seeing a resurgence of interest. Perhaps it is time for a new generation to be aware of this aspect of prenatal and perinatal psychology. Her focus takes us back to conception itself. Nantel closes with some very practical suggestions for therapists who might be working with parents preparing for conception.
We welcome Jane English to this issue, grateful to be back in contact and to know that she is continuing her work in this world. Most of you will recognize her as the author of the classic book, Different Doorway. Her article here echoes lessons she shared in that book and introduces a new generation to her insights about being born via cesarean section and how that “different doorway” has impacted her life. Topics covered include: the role of dreams in connecting with birth memory, a cesarean native culture, thoughts on parenting a non-labor cesarean born child, technologically-assisted birth and what it means to “be born,” as well as suggestions for good non-labor cesarean birth practices.
Finally, we have another contribution for our Sharing Space from Luisella Magnani, whose gentle spirit first appeared in these pages in the Fall 2016 issue of JOPPPAH. In her brief article, Luisella shares her passion for encouraging prenatal and perinatal communication with incoming babies. She works at the Paediatric Hospital, University of Studies of Insubria in Varese, Italy, where she has ample opportunity to work with parents and babies. She emphasizes the importance not only of the words we use, but the way in which we use them to communicate with “babies in the womb, newborns, and infants.”
We are deeply grateful to you, our readers, for your support of JOPPPAH and encourage you to become more involved. Perhaps you have an interest in prenatal and perinatal literature and would like to serve as our book review editor – or you might want to become our peer review coordinator – or train for the position of managing editor – or, most important, maybe you will be one of our future contributing authors. It takes a full team to produce the journal and we would like you to be a vital part of this team. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on any of these vital roles.
Jeane Rhodes, PhD