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As some of you may already know, I am stepping down as Editor of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal-officially on January 1, 1994. However, be assured I am still here, slogging away alongside the rest of the editorial board, reviewing potential contributions and, with Thomas R Verny, advising the new Editor, Dr. Ruth J. Carter, as she takes over the helm. Although I will continue to edit the journal through Volume 8, I am changing the editorial information now so that manuscripts and other editorial business will be correctly directed to Dr. Carter (see the masthead page for exact address).

Ruth Johnson Carter completed her Ph.D. in history and international relations at the University of South Carolina. She earlier took her B.A. and M.A. in history at Duke University. She is presently an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. She has travelled widely in North America and in Europe and Asia. She has extensive experience in business and organizational management and development. She also has a background in transpersonal psychology, and has visited ashrams in India, Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Czestochowa in Poland, and Mevlana and Nakshbandi Sufis in Turkey and Uzebekistan. More recently, she has worked with Barbara Findeisen at the Pocket Ranch Institute in California. She is currently writing two chapters, with a colleague, on the history of Cesarean surgery and an additional chapter on her own Cesarean birth for a book entitled Cesarean Voices. We are very lucky to have Dr. Carter with us, and I look forward to working with her in the future.

This issue features two of the key presentations at PPPANA's Sixth International Congress in Washington, D.C., last summer. The first paper was given by our founder and first President, Dr. Thomas R. Verny, and discusses the relevance of pre- and perinatal psychology to the process of psychotherapy. The second paper was delivered by our current President, Dr. David B. Chamberlain, and considers the importance of our movement for social and political conditions in the world. The third paper, by Dr. Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, presents firsthand data derived from a sample of professional Anglo women pertaining to their attitudes about pregnancy and birth.

May I announce, once again, that-effective immediatelymanuscript submissions and related correspondence should be directed to our newly appointed Editor, Ruth J. Carter (see the masthead page for exact address).

Charles Laughlin


Carelton University

Ottawa, Canada