This edition of the Journal brings you three invited articles based on presentations at our recent Congress (November, 2005) in San Diego, California. These articles bring you only a tiny taste of the wonder and inspiration of the Congress. In the opening article we welcome for the first time the current president of ISPPM, Dr. Rupert Linder. Although Dr. Linder's Congress presentation was focused on the cooperation between our two organizations and an update on the current activities of ISPPM, he requested the opportunity of submitting an article describing his work in Germany. Of particular note is the very significant reduction in premature births resulting from his psychosomatic approach. Dr. Linder's article bridges cultural differences in respect for the "entirety of emotional and physical processes" in caring for expectant mothers.
Also for the first time in our pages, we welcome the contribution of Judith Simon Prager, Ph.D. This article gives us a small sampling of her inspiring and informative Congress presentation, based on her experience in training doctors, nurses, and first responders how to speak in medical emergencies, Dr. Prager focuses in this article on the application of this knowledge for expectant parents, while touching on a wide variety of background concepts, including Native American and other traditional cultures, as well as Chaos Theory.
You will find our third invited article based on a Congress presentation in the Sharing Space. Here Peter Fairfield, L.Ac. shares deeply personal thoughts on the subject of abortion, along with a description of "Conscious Abortion," a process he discovered while working with a newly pregnant client in his acupuncture practice. While this concept is not new, having been presented in our pages in the first two editions of the Journal in 1986, by Clara Riley and Helen Watkins, the time is ripe for revisiting and expanding the discussion of this most profound insight into the conscious awareness of the baby who is just entering physical form.
It is always an honor to present the ongoing work of Michel Odent and his Primal Health Research Center. This time the focus is Preeclampsia. Here a new perspective is presented; Preeclampsia within the framework of biologic maternal/fetal conflict. As usual, the work is presented with extensive references, a gold mine for researchers in this area.
From Belgium and Brazil, researchers Cibele Cunha Lima da Motta, Caroline Rinne, and Despina Naziri bring us a clinical study on the influence of emotional support during childbirth. As stated in the abstract, "The study demonstrated how emotional support has a direct impact in childbirth, and it gives elements to broaden the concept of humanized birth by enhancing emotional support as a key element to childbirth assistance."
From Dr. Linder's work in Germany, Michel Odent in England, and Motta, Rinne, and Naziri in Belgium and Brazil to Judith Simon Prager and Peter Fairfield in the US, our pages continue to reflect the worldwide importance of work in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.
New books also contribute to the spreading of the work as attested to in the two reviews in this edition of the Journal. Spirit Babies, by Walter Makichen, beautifully reviewed by Suzanne Arms, brings our thought and reflections to pre-conception. Dr. Alice Miller, in The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting, reviewed by Dulcita Love (with contributions from Dr. Wendy McCarty), reminds us of the long-term effects of cruel parenting. The questions that arises from a Prenatal and Perinatal perspective, is, "What is the origin of cruel parenting?" followed by reflections on what we can do to intervene so that this cruelty is not visited upon successive generations.
The Congress provided inspiration and re-dedication to our purpose. It is the intent of this Journal to keep that inspiration alive and growing with each new edition. May you find such inspiration for yourself in these pages.
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.