This edition of the Journal has been temporally and temporarily delayed for a variety of reasons. APPPAH has a new publisher, Allen Press, and we welcome this very pleasant and professional association. The Journal, in an effort to recognize more clearly the growing empathy among health professionals and pre- and perinatal psychologists, has a new name and a new logo. Look for a special double issue for Spring and Summer 1998, which will place the Journal back on schedule.
In the editorial for the Summer issue 11 (4), utilizing Dr Ronald Goldman's excellent book, Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma, I explored the increasing controversial American practice of circumcision. In this issue the book is reviewed by Michelle R. Storms, M.D. In a medically informative and psychologically aware article, Anesthesia for Neonatal Circumcision: Who Benefits?, Dr. Robert S. Van Howe maintains that,
as the previous circumcision myths fade away, they have to be replaced with new myths for circumcision to continue. The new myth is that topical and local anesthetic make the surgery 'painfree.' With the old myths gone and the anesthetic myth not firmly rooted . . . the American public may figure out that circumcision is unnecessary painful surgery performed on infants against their will.
One of the fastest growing areas of music therapy and intervention is in the utilization of music during pregnancy, delivery, and infancy. Dr. Fred J. Schwartz in his study, Perinatal Stress Reduction, Music And Medical Cost Savings, shares some preliminary, positive findings resulting from the use of audio tapes that he and various colleagues have produced aimed at giving mothers and babies " a healthier pregnancy and birth." Since I utilize The Mozart Effect, Don Campbell's book and CD's, I absolutely agree that music has the power to heal. I have listened with joy to one of Fred Schwartz' tapes. "It may be intuitively clear that this type of therapy will be helpful," Dr. Schwartz maintains. "However," he adds, "it is only with data that shows the medical benefits of music that we will see wide scale use of these therapies." A large multicenter study is being initiated to explore the benefits of this kind of therapy in various populations and I look forward to the opportunity to publish the results.
Jeane Marie Rhodes, Ph.D. in Alternative Therapies: Incorporating the Ancient Practice of Yoga Postures shares an interesting correlation between the first seven days after conception and "certain aspects of the seven chakras." Dr. Rhodes also investigated the correlation between the execution of certain yoga postures and prenatal and birth patterns in a sample of 22 children.
Ruth J. Carter, Ph.D.
Georgia College & State University
JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.