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Welcome to the summer, 2018 issue of JOPPPAH. This is volume 32, issue 4, which means we are finishing our 32nd year of quarterly journal issues. With an average of four articles per issue, this means the articles in the journal archives on the birth psychology website now number over 500. What an amazing resource! We invite you to visit the archives by going to and clicking on resources, then issues, and check out what is there. APPPAH members have access to full texts, while non-members can only access the editorial and abstracts. Now is the time to become a member and have full access to all of the wonderful materials on

Before getting into an overview of the issue, I want to remind everyone that APPPAH’s first Regional Conference to be held in the Rocky Mountain states is coming up in Denver, CO, October 5-7, 2018. Go to the conference pages on for details. This two-day event is shaping up to be a real celebration of APPPAH and its years of contributions to understanding the importance of how we come into this life and how that coming in contributes to who we are as individuals and societies. I hope to see all of you there!

This issue brings you five new articles and two book reviews, and begins with a look at the impact of miscarriage in the U.S. and how often the impacts of this life event are often misunderstood. Sara L. Sohr-Preston and her colleagues from Southeastern Louisiana University used a vignette about a woman experiencing a miscarriage to elicit reactions from adults to the woman’s experience, then analyzed the responses.

The impact on maternal-fetal attachment of severe mental illness in mothers was investigated by a team of researchers at the National Institute of mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India. We are very pleased to bring you the results of their study, which they describe as “reassuring to women with severe mental illness who wish to become mothers during less symptomatic periods.”

Antonella Sansone-Southwood brings us a case study examining the important question of the impact of deep emotional issues on breastfeeding. Titled, “When the Breast Says No,” this is an intriguing look, via one woman’s experience, at the many issues that can impact success in breastfeeding.

Our sharing space features two very different articles this month. The first comes from Ofra Lubetzy, who takes a look at the impact of the death of a mother during childhood through the eyes of two writers. You will be moved by the words of the Hebrew poet, Dan Pagis, and renowned Russian poet and author, Leo Tolstoy, who both lost their mothers early in life.

We follow this with a focus on healing in an article by Eileen Sendren and Alexandra Johnson, based on their presentation at APPPAH’s 20th International Congress in San Diego last fall. Eileen and Alexandra bring us information about, and insights into, Breema, a practice bringing body and mind together in ways that can be very beneficial for individuals, their families, and their community.

This issue also includes two excellent book reviews. Michael Trout evokes deep emotions with his review of Joann O’Leary and Jane Warland’s moving book, Meeting the Needs of Parents Pregnant and Parenting After Perinatal Loss.

Tina Merrill presents her review of Robbie Davis-Floyd’s recent release of Ways of Knowing about Birth. Describing this well-organized compilation, Tina offers a gift that will be deeply appreciated by fans of Robbie Davis-Floyd’s writings, which span over thirty years.

Thank you for supporting JOPPPAH through your membership in APPPAH and your subscriptions to the print version of the journal. We welcome your comments, which can be posted on the journal pages of the website or sent directly to the editors via email to


Jeane Rhodes, PhD

JOPPPAH Editor-in-Chief