APPPAH's 20th International Congress is now history. For those of us fortunate enough to attend the gathering in San Diego, it was an inspiring and renewing experience. Many attendees mentioned the feeling of special energy that was apparent on-site. The journal team met during the lunch break on Saturday, December 2nd, with three of us in person and three joining via Zoom. It was a unifying experience during which we celebrated the wealth of material we have coming in to share with you.
We lead off this winter 2017 issue with an article from our peer review coordinator, Christine McKee and two of her colleagues, featuring a study from Christine’s PhD research looking at support during pregnancy as an influencing factor in the transition to parenthood. This study was the first of four included in the author’s research examining factors perceived to be important considerations when developing and delivering pre- and perinatal parenting programs.
Continuing the focus on research, we welcome Lekie Dwanyen and Jason Hans with their study examining the extent to which a brief, video-based educational intervention influenced respondents’ attitudes concerning postpartum depression. This study involved a sample of 1,178 respondents and examined four outcomes. The intervention positively affected symptom recognition and reduced stigmatizing views.
Graeme Wallace appears next with an Australian study focusing on parents whose children were unexpectedly born with a Cleft Lip and/or Palate (CLP). This long-term study involved parents who had followed their child’s development from birth to adulthood, with all of the attendant surgeries and stresses for the family. The children are now more than 26 years old, so many resources now available to parents in these circumstances were not available to these parents when their children were babies. Sensitively developed and written, this study cites the importance of support for families facing this unique challenge.
Our “From the Archives” section features an article from our founding editor, Thomas Verny, that is as timely now as it was when it was first published in 1995. This article is based on Dr. Verny’s opening address at APPPAH’s 7th International Congress. Twenty-two years later, the message is still needed. “Build Babies – Not Jails” may be an even more relevant motto today. The zeitgeist of the times may now be more receptive to the message that what happens to babies in their earliest days has long term impact, not only for the baby and the family, but for the wider society. In Dr. Verny’s words, “It is suggested that the answer to violence is not state violence. The answer is conscious prenatal and postnatal parenting supported by social institutions, laws, and practices which attend to the needs of pregnant parents.”
In “Sharing Space” this issue, we are featuring a paper from one of presenters at the Transpersonal Psychology Conference held in Prague in late September/early October of this year. Tina Linhard delves into the theory that the formation of a body (somatogenesis) appears to follow the evolutionary history of the principle kingdoms of nature (mineral, plant, animal, and human). In her studies, Tina has been inspired by the work of embryologist Jaap van der Wal, as well as cardiologist Torrent-Guasp.
Our new book review editor, Barbara Hotelling, brings us an inspiring review of Christine Nightingale’s wonderful book, Spirit Baby: What You Can Learn from Your Future Child. We welcome Barbara’s insights and look forward to many wonderful reviews in future issues of JOPPPAH.
As always, we express our deep gratitude to you, our readers, for your support of JOPPPAH. Your interest is what keeps us looking for new research, clinical insights, and features for sharing space. We hope you like the new archive features. There are so many wonderful articles in JOPPPAH’s archives and, though you have access to all of them, we want to bring particular gems to your attention, whether you are a long-time subscriber or are new to these pages.
We would love it if you could take the time to post a comment on an individual article or on the issue as a whole. You can do this by scrolling down to the bottom of the journal page on birthpsychology.com (after the editorial on the page devoted to the issue). If you are not reading this online, go to https://birthpsychology.com/journals and select the issue upon which you wish to comment. We value your input and may feature your comments in an upcoming issue.
Jeane Rhodes, PhD