By the time you are reading this, spring will be on its way to the Northern Hemisphere, though we are still buried deep in snow here in Colorado. March is Birth Psychology month and we invite you to take advantage of APPPAH’s free resources and special events by browsing the website at: www.birthpsychology.com.
We are pleased to bring you five new articles and a book review in this issue. We begin with Drs. Janelle Kwee, Hillary McBride, and Larissa Rossen, who present their qualitative research, titled, “Quality Maternal Health Care from the Voices of Childbearing Women: Factors that Optimize and Disturb Wellbeing.” The authors state there is little research to date from the perspective of childbearing women. They found when women were asked about incidents that optimized or disturbed their perinatal experience, personal and relational dimensions with care providers and women’s sense of empowerment, or lack thereof, were highlighted.
Our second article comes from one of APPPAH’s founders, president emeritus, and JOPPPAH Associate Editor, Dr. Thomas Verny. “The Brain-Mind Conundrum: The Rise of Quantum Biology,” is based on Dr. Verny’s excellent keynote presentation at APPPAH’s congress in November, as well as his forthcoming book. This article examines recent research, especially in quantum biology, to question much about our current understanding of reality, including where the mind resides and how this might apply to prenatal and birth memories.
In Sharing Space, we present three articles, two of which focus on fathers. From Michael Trout, another engaging keynote speaker at the November congress, we introduce a moving case study of a father receiving support for perinatal depression beginning in the final month of his partner’s pregnancy. The author brings readers on his own journey as a clinician working with this father and states: “…depression in pregnancy and after the birth of a child is never innocuous, and that outcome is often enhanced when we join the patient in the search for its meaning.”
Dr. Jay Warren, a breakout presenter at the November congress, states how modern fathers have little historical guidance entering parenthood in his article, “Supporting Men in Their Transition to Fatherhood.” The author shares his own experience with employing birth and parenting education classes, as well as peer support groups with expectant and new fathers, to help fathers feel more empowered and involved in the beginning of their parenting journey.
In “Unwanted Pregnancy of Holocaust Parents–As Reflected on Artist Life and Artwork,” Dr. Ofra Lubetzky presents an examination of the Israeli artist, Yehuda Poliker. The author makes connections between Poliker’s writings and music and his challenging perinatal life. Dr. Lubetzky ties this in with Winnicott’s version of the “good-enough” mother or parent.
Finally, we share one book review by Dr. Kelduyn Garland, on Prenatal Psychology 100 Years: A Journey in Decoding How Our Prenatal Experience Shapes Who We Become (2018). Dr. Garland states that editors Jon RG Turner, Troye GN Turner, and Olga Gouni have created an anthology “that belongs in the library of everyone either involved in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology and health or interested in the field.”
This will be the final issue of JOPPPAH that adheres to the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (2009). Beginning with the summer issue of JOPPPAH, we will be following the new, seventh edition of the APA Publication Manual, released near the end of 2019.
We hope you enjoy this issue of the journal. Please share Birth Psychology month with your clients, patients, and friends, and thank you for your continued support of APPPAH.
Stephanie Dueger, PhD, LPC