This issue of the Journal brings an international gathering of authors. Sarah J. Buckley from Queensland, Australia joins us in the lead article with her extremely well researched article on the topic of undisturbed birth. Inspired by her personal experience, she undertook the challenge of comparing, not only the subjective experience, but the neurological and hormonal differences between undisturbed birth and the more common "disturbed" birthing process. Scouring medically-based journals from around the world, she has succeeded in presenting a case for the maximum ease and safety, for both mother and baby, that can be achieved by minimum intervention in the birthing process. You will find details regarding the natural hormones at work in this process, as well as in-depth discussion of the hormonal interferences caused by medical interventions.
Franz Renggli of Basel, Switzerland returns to our pages, courtesy of North Atlantic Books, who generously has allowed a reprint of Dr. Renggli's chapter in their book, Panic: Origins, Insight, and Treatment. Dr. Renggli's chapter is entitled "Tracing the Roots of Panic to Prenatal Trauma." As background for the case studies presented, the chapter introduces prenatal and perinatal psychology and defines panic in relation to the prenatal and perinatal experience. Following the case presentations, we are treated to closing, reflective paragraphs that were not including in the book chapter.
Continuing our international theme, Jon and Troya Turner of The Netherlands return with a paper based on their presentation at the OMAEP [World Organization of Prenatal Education] & ANEP [Association of National Prenatal Education] Congress held two years ago in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela. This paper investigates the link between violence and pregnancy, with a focus on the role of hormones in prenatal learning. The Turners balance this with in-depth discussion of their Whole-Self treatment model to counteract early patterns that might have been set up in the prenatal and perinatal experience. The presentation of case material is fascinating and grounds the discussion in real-life situations.
Returning to the U.S., Robert Newman of Grants Pass, Oregon, brings to the Sharing Space an excellent discussion of meditation and childbirth. In addition to presenting material on the general benefits of meditation, he focuses on the role of hormones and neurotransmitters in making a case for the potentially beneficial role of meditation in preparation for childbirth.
It has been my privilege to be a part of the new editorial team, working in the background for the past few issues. As one of my primary duties, in the background, is arranging for peer review of articles for the Journal, I want to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to those of you who have served in this capacity. It is vital to the integrity and academic quality of the Journal that we draw on the expertise of all of you to insure accuracy of the material we present.
As editor for this 2003 Summer edition of the Journal, I proudly present these authors and their work. I'm sure you will feel, as I do, that their contributions serve the integrity of the Journal, as well as deepening our understanding of life's journey.
Jeane M. Rhodes, Ph.D.