Spring came late this year after a long, cold winter. As the flowers bloom in late April, so does the journal. This issue features the work of several researchers new to our community. We are pleased to welcome Emma Eaton from Canada. Her paper, “What is a Good Birth: Using Q Method to Explore the Diversity of Attitudes about Good Birth” is a fascinating blend of a little-known research method called the Q-method. Her interesting findings involve qualitative data from nurses, midwives and mothers about what constitutes a “good birth.”
Desiree Lowit and Mary Beth Averill offer their paper, “Fathers Reflect on their Experiences of the Receipt of a Postnatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21.” The qualitative research reports are touching as they describe each father’s response to hearing the news of his baby’s diagnosis. This paper reminds us of the importance of the father’s voice in the birthing and early parenting experiences. Their message that hospitals and medical professionals need more training in the delivery of difficult diagnoses to families is a message worth repeating and disseminating.
We are including two papers from the APPPAH Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Educator Certification Program. This newly launched program offers eleven modules of papers and videos from APPPAH experts and professional in prenatal and perinatal psychology from many different arenas. Kate White and Jeane Rhodes offer a description of the history of pre and perinatal psychology in their paper, “Trends and Influences in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology: A Summary.” The history of this field is seen with fresh eyes thanks to their unique way of describing the tapestry of pre and perinatal influences, personalities, and movements within the sciences as well as the healing arts that have informed this field. Advances in the science (epigenetics) and research (attachment) herald an exciting, integrated age for our discipline.
Sandra Bardsley, our current president, and Kate White offer a paper on ethics, “Ethical Considerations in Pre and Perinatal Psychology Education.” From the outset, they remark that development of ethics is a marker of maturity for any discipline. This is the first time a paper on ethics for pre and perinatal psychology has been published in JOPPPAH. Educators and practitioners can find resources for relationships and issues in these pages, as well inspiration for a formal code of ethics for our discipline
We hope you enjoy this issue of the journal as it honors the history of the field, underscores the maturity of our discipline, and also brings new research to light. Please let us know your thoughts and responses to this issue as we strive to make this journal one that satisfies and inspires our audience.
Kate White, MA, and Kerry Cerelli, MA
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.