This edition of the Journal brings you new research and new perspectives on some of the enduring principals of Pre and Perinatal Psychology. Our field is growing in breadth and depth, both in subject matter and international scope. In our lead article, we welcome a collaboration of researchers from Ohio State University (Marilyn W. Lewis, Ph.D.), Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City (Barbara L. Lanzara, M.D.), Albert Einstein College of Medicine University Hospital in New York City (Janet L. Stein, M.D.) and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York City (Deborah S. Hasin, Ph.D.). Their research investigated the link between prior maternal drinking patterns and drug use and subsequent subjective reactions to an overwhelming event, specifically the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. This research provides evidence of widening interest in the prenatal period.
We welcome back Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. and Natalia Mufel with additional research from Belarus, a former Soviet Union Country. Their focus in this article is gender attitudes about contraception and pregnancy in Belarus. The situation in Belarus with regard to the prevalence of abortion as a tool for preventing unwanted births is sobering and a wake-up call for all of us to consider the individual tragedies that can result from the pretense that public policy and private beliefs and behaviors are in accord.
Franz Renggli, Ph.D., returns to our pages with an expanded discussion and revealing case studies from his work as a psychoanalyst and body psychotherapist in Basel, Switzerland. The continued need for therapists who work in the tradition of Frank Lake and William Emerson is illuminated in this article. Although much of what Dr. Renggli has to say will be familiar, his case studies bring personal depth and renewed relevance to the work.
John Sonne, M.D. addresses a new aspect of his continued work in the area of abortion trauma, widening the discussion to the potential impact of abortion ideation by fathers. There are many voices speaking out for the importance of fathers in the lives of their unborn children. Dr. Sonne reminds us that the impact of fathers can be positive or negative. This article lends new insight and inspiration to the discussion of the importance of fathers and their role in the prenatal experience of the unborn.
It is with sadness that I move into discussion of the Sharing Space contribution from Robert Oliver, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. (Doc) Oliver made his transition in February, 2005, during the time this issue was being assembled. He was living Arizona after retiring from his practice as an obstetrician who was dedicated to the promotion of childbirth from the mother/baby centered perspective. He served on the Board of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and made many valuable contributions to this Journal, both as an author and as a peer-reviewer. We are honored to have his words regarding the important question of hospital vs homebirth in this edition of the Journal.
The book review section offers riches for further study and contemplation. If you don't already have these four books on your shelf, you will be inspired to beg, borrow, or buy copies as soon as possible. My appreciation goes to the reviewers and authors represented in this section: David Chamberlain, M.D., for Wendy McCarty's Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies' Wholeness from the Beginning of Life, An Integrated Model of Early Development; Jon and Troya Turner for Dr. Frederick Wirth's Prenatal Parenting; Marjorie Rand, Ph.D. and Selena Harris, M.D. for Wendy McCord's Earthbabies: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times; and Kelduyn Garland, Ph.D. for Michael Trout and Lori Thomas's The Jonathan Letters.
As we approach twenty years of publication, we re-dedicate ourselves to the in-depth exploration of the psychological dimensions of human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child. The authors contributing to this edition of the Journal, both familiar names and new, join in this endeavor in creative and expansive ways. The science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health continues to inspire and draw us ever deeper into the exploration of these realms.
Jeane M. Rhodes, Ph.D.