I am grateful to have the opportunity to take over the reins as the new Editor-in-Chief of JOPPPAH with this summer issue. I’d like to express my deep appreciation to Jeane Rhodes, who has retired as EIC and has spent many hours training me to step into her large editorial shoes. We are fortunate to have Jeane staying on as Assistant Editor through the end of 2019.
APPPAH’s 21st International Congress, is only six months away! We hope to see you November 7-10 in Denver, Colorado. Please check out the wonderful lineup of international presenters and register now at https://birthpsychology.com/2019-congress/welcome.
The summer issue brings you four new articles, two book reviews, and a tribute. Our first article features research from Ignez Carvalho Hartmann, from Heidelberg, Germany. She examines children’s preverbal traumas through a psychoanalytic lens, incorporating the use of sand scenes and drawings. Hartmann explains how psychotraumas that occur during the pre- and perinatal period and very early childhood have been brought to light and processed with some of her young patients using these expressive therapies. The article also shares several beautiful stories of healing for these children.
Next is a quantitative research article examining the Mothers’ Object Relations Scales (MORS), a 44-item questionnaire (as well as a 14-item short-form), created by John Oates of Great Britain & Judit Gervai of Hungary and tested in these two countries. The MORS assesses mothers' perceptions of warmth and invasiveness with their infants, looking for potential challenges in the mother-infant attachment relationship during the first year postpartum.
Ann Caird of Hampshire, United Kingdom, brings us our next article on the importance of conscious conception and early parenting. She also highlights the significance of professionals working with families who have babies and young children, encouraging them to come from a place of presence and objectivity in order to best support these families in their efforts.
In our Sharing Space, Ofra Lubetzky discusses the life and artwork of Vincent van Gogh, through the lens of perinatal loss. Lubetzky shares how Vincent was the first living child born to his mother, who had given birth to a stillborn baby exactly one year prior with the same name. The author examines how this previous loss may have negatively affected the mother’s relationship with Vincent, and how the disconnect may have impacted his life and painting.
We are including a tribute in memory of John Chitty, who passed in February, written by Kate White. John was a teacher of Polarity Therapy and Biodynamic craniosacral therapy in Boulder, CO, an APPPAH conference presenter, and a lecturer in the Monday LIVE series in the Pre- and Perinatal Educator Certificate Program. Kate writes: “We are particularly grateful for John’s contributions to understanding babies and the autonomic nervous system. … He often said that babies are the royalty of humanity; they are super-sentient and deserve the best treatment.”
Finally, we offer two book reviews about the postpartum time. Alexa Lantiere reviews the book Maternity Leave: A New Mother’s Guide to the First Six Weeks Postpartum by Cheryl Zauderer. This book offers support for some of the challenging issues that mothers may face following the birth of a baby. Shema Gordon reviews When Postpartum Packs a Punch: Fighting Back and Finding Joy by Kristina Cowan. Postpartum mood disorders are addressed in this book and families are given information and tools for support.
As always, we would appreciate your feedback on this journal issue. If you are reading online and would like to share a comment on the issue as a whole, please scroll to the bottom of the journal page on birthpsychology.com and post your comment after the editorial. If you’d like to comment on a particular article, please leave your comment after the article itself. And if you are reading a print copy of the journal, please visit https://birthpsychology.com/journals and select the issue where you’d like to leave your comments. Thank you.
We hope you enjoy this issue and the summer season.
Stephanie Dueger, PhD, LPC