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As we approach the beginning of fall, attention is focused on APPPAH’s upcoming Regional Conference, October 5 to 7, 2018, in beautiful Colorado. If you have not yet registered, now is the time! You don’t want to miss the first major APPPAH event to be held in Colorado! This is a beautiful time to visit our state, when the aspens are turning bright yellow and the average high temperature is around 70 degrees. The conference theme of Trauma Informed Care will be found in some of the articles in this issue of JOPPPAH.

We are featuring three research articles in this issue and balancing that with two clinical articles gleaned from the archives. The Sharing Space is very special and unique. And, be sure to enjoy not one, not two, but three wonderful book reviews.

We open this issue with research from Eliose Lea and colleagues of Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom. This qualitative research explored the experiences of women who self-identified with the term “postnatal depression” and who had accessed NHS services for treatment. Using narrative analysis to explore these experiences, the authors go on to propose clinical applications and implications of the findings.

Our second team of research contributors, Simone Davies, Rebecca Horne, and Tal Moore are also in the United Kingdom, where they investigated psychological interventions by teams in perinatal community mental health. Although their findings may be most applicable within the framework of the UK’s healthcare system, we can all learn from their findings, especially with regard to tailoring interventions to the specific needs of a client group.

Next we have an article looking at the validation of an assessment tool, the short form of the Mothers’ Object Relations Scales. John Oates, the lead author, hails from the UK, but his co-authors, Judit Gervai, Ildiko Danis, and Krisztina Lakatos, are associated with the Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.

As our three lead articles are all research-based, we delved into the archives looking for clinical articles, keeping in mind the upcoming conference. The archives are rich with possibilities, and we think you will be pleased with these choices.

Shirley Ward addressed the roots of schizoid personality disorder found in the prenatal and perinatal period in the winter, 2008 issue of JOPPPAH. As our conference theme focuses on trauma informed care, this article, exploring traumatic events from conception to birth, seemed highly relevant. As the author states, “In my work over the last thirty years, with clients and also from my own personal experience, the major question has been how someone who is so dysfunctional in their relationships can often live their daily work life quite unperturbed. The point being made is the paradoxical nature of the dysfunction. The schizoid person has two modes of being; one is traumatized and dysfunctional, the other unperturbed and capable of seemingly normal relationships.”

As I plan to share a few sandplay images in my introduction to the theme at the Regional Conference, it seemed appropriate to bring you an article on birth imagery in sandplay. I do hope you will find this article from the fall, 2006 issue of JOPPPAH worthwhile and intriguing. 

Now to the real treat in this issue. We have two very special gifts for you in the Sharing Space section. Last June, I had the honor of meeting with Josep Font in Barcelona, Spain, and hearing his moving story of a lifetime of living with very vivid memories of his birth. I asked Josep if we could use the notes he prepared for that meeting to flesh out an article we could then share, in JOPPPAH, with all of you. Joseph agreed. You will find his story profound and moving.

From Diane Wright, we bring you beautiful, powerful prose describing her experience of being, in her words, “a baby-loss mother.” These words, this experience, will stay with you long after you have finished reading.

Our book review editor, Barbara Hotelling, has produced a bounty for this issue. Hayley Haas, a student at Duke University, reviews Barbara Findeisen’s wonderful book Womb Prints. Barbara will be a speaker at the Regional Conference and this book provides a great introduction to her life’s work. Michael Trout returns with his review of Meredith Small’s Our Babies Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent, an anthropological look at parenting and how it has evolved over centuries. And, finally, we have another Duke University student, Jill Brennan-Cook, with her review of Angela Garbes’ Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy.

We hope you enjoy the diverse treasures contained in these pages—AND—we hope to see you at the Regional Conference in early October!

Jeane Rhodes, PhD

JOPPPAH Editor-in-Chief